Dare to be Naive

By Joan Abela, Parramatta Toastmasters Club

When was the last time you did something for the first time? If you can’t remember, maybe it’s time for you to be naive again.

The word ’naive’ means showing a lack of experience, wisdom and knowledge

Nirish Shakya believes that to be naïve is not a bad thing. I agree I believe it to be exciting and enabling. Because to get something we don’t have – whether it’s knowledge, money or happiness, it helps to be a little naïve

Nirish delivered an Inspirational speech the other night and to me it really was an inspiration.
Most of us go through life thinking that we know it all. Believing that we can do what we set out to do and that we don’t need anything else in our lives. Never experiencing new challenges, new ideas, and new ways of life. But of course that is only because as Nirish said in his talk, we have stopped looking for new things to learn and to explore

I thought I had done enough in Toastmasters to be able to not bother anymore. Not bother going to meetings, not bother with manuals, and not bother with preparing speeches. Off the cuff, yes that is easy now that I know it all. So that when I turned up at a meeting I didn’t need to even be on the agenda .I could ad lib any assignment
How wrong can I am, how wrong can we all be when we think that way? We close our minds to life’s teaching, not only in Toastmaster but also in our daily dealings.

Nirish said “Being naive made me more curious, more open to trying out new things. I ask myself now, if I was experienced, wise and full of good judgment would I have joined toastmasters I doubt it”. This is true in all life’s situations. Why do you do anything in life? To get something we don’t have – whether it’s knowledge, money or happiness. Can’t do that if you aren’t at least a little naive

Nirish went on to say
“ Galileo was naive enough to think that the earth is not the center of the universe. Martin Luther King was naive enough to think that little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. Bill Gates was naive enough to imagine a computer in every home. Now we have a computer in every pocket.”

Personally this speech has helped me decide to go back to Toastmasters, Go back to my discussions meetings and to search for something new to learn, see and do. Thank you Nirish for your speech and for allowing me to use some of your words.

What about you, what would you rather be, complacent, unexcited, and unexciting?
Start the search for more. Make up your mind, be NAÏVE it can change your life

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One Response to Dare to be Naive

  1. Hi Joan, thanks for the lovely comments on my speech. I’m glad you found it inspirational. 🙂


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