I recently received an email from a professional society, inviting me to come speak at a conference on Artificial Intelligence. The professional body is definitely not in line of subject interest and I am not supposed to be a good fit as a presenter at such a conference but I was invited anyways. I guessed I was invited because they are connecting some of their variables to Artificial Ingelligence, an area I have been working on lately.
While replying the mail, I thanked them for the invitation but stated why I will not be able to honor the invitation because I had already been booked to speak somewhere else on that same day. As I ended the mail, I was curious to ask why I was invited in the first place. After two hours, the reply came and it stated ;
“You are not the one we are looking for but you are the one we want”
The response got me thinking for a while and I learnt four things from that reply;
1. Try and be vast in what you do to the point where you can be relevant in any other field of knowledge.
2. Never joke with any opportunity to acquire new knowledge. He is a fool, who does not change in the face of new information.
3. Knowledge has no boundary. A medical doctor can as well teach financial intelligence in a business summit.
4. Never limit your potentials to be all that you are meant to be by being a rigid learner. Knowledge is flexible, acquire more that catches your fancy.