Hellen Keller made it clear that life is a daring adventure, or nothing. The extent to which a person dares life depends on the depth of exposure they have had in the course of their life, because exposure defines what is possible and what is probable. Exposure informs the human mind of the untapped possibilities in his field of endeavour.
Nothing in the world pushes back the boundaries of impossibilities like exposure. Exposure is like a map that shows you how much territory is available out there for you to conquer. Apart from education, the other thing that a parent can give to a child is exposure.
Apart from all the knowledge you may have acquired over time in your life, the greatest favour you can do to yourself as a human being is to expose yourself to a vibrant world that epitomises multiple possibilities that exist out there in the universe.
I read somewhere that exposure and experience are all that counts in life. By the way, do you know that exposure is more powerful than formal education? This is because of the fact that exposure carries within itself so much educational value, but education may not necessary always give you exposure to the real stuff of life.
With time and age, I came to understand that behind every beautiful thing in the world, there is some sort of exposure. You name it. No greatness stands alone. Behind it silently stands exposure. No wall is too high for a human mind that has been exposed to a world of infinite possibilities.
At one point in his life, Bill Gates, for long the richest man in the world, admitted that exposure from a young age to the realities of the world is a super big thing.
If you are familiar with Bill Gates’ biography, you will understand that the reason he was such a genius from a very young age, the reason he was able to achieve at a very young age what people double his age could only dream of, was the fact that he was exposed to the computer world from a very young age.
This while his peers were busy pursuing traditional interests, those days when computer technology was something very new and very bizarre.
If you have read The Outliers by Gladwell Malcolm, you will understand exactly what I mean by this. From high school, Bill Gates got real-time exposure to computer technology when other kids were in the fields playing traditional children’s games. His early exposure to the computer set him aside from his peers and placed him above and ahead of his contemporaries. This is exactly what exposure does to us. It makes us different.
We view the world from unfamiliar angles and believe in things that others cannot even afford to imagine. We see beyond and above reality. Whenever we face impossibility, we know at the back of our minds that somewhere, sometime, someone faced the same challenges and somehow managed to overcome them.
Exposure makes us confident in risky situations, for the simple reason that we know it is possible to take a big risk and survive, or make it to the other side. This is because precedents have been set by individuals who took even greater risks and eventually made it.
Exposure also opens our minds to a new world that we never thought existed. It makes an individual a possibility thinker.
Further, exposure gives us an emotional and mental operating procedure. By this I mean we have at least a prototype on how to go about our own ideas and dreams. In addition, through exposure, we experience first-hand what others learn from books. As has been said before, one real-time experiential encounter in life is a thousand times worth more than 100 lectures in a classroom.
Furthermore, exposure sharpens our creativity and brings out our innovative nature. An exposed person has a sharp mind and more often than not, is very creative because his all-round mental outlook enables him to always look at things with the big picture in mind.
Also important is the fact that exposure that we are able to learn from other people’s ingenuity and add on top of it our own intelligence and imagination, thus making us look or become superior to the person who originally pioneered that concept. As Steve Jobs once said, “Good artists copy, but great artists steal.”
By this statement, he simply meant that to become superior in life, expose yourself to the works of the most successful people in your field of interest and then go home after copying everything you have seen and then add value to it. After doing this, the whole world’s attention will come to you because what you will be offering will have in it whatever everyone admired plus now the extras, since human beings are highly social and progressive creatures.
They are always attracted to what is better, always responding faster to a superior experience. They will then all come to you and their endorsement of your ingenuity will propel you beyond your limits.