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DAY 4 CONTENT SUMMARY:
What do you bring to the study of your subject that no one else can bring? This could have to do with past experiences you’ve had, your proximity to the subject, a set of assumptions or skills you’re bringing to your study, or an intimate understanding you have of some distant body of knowledge that has surprising parallels to your subject.
This question of perspective can be a great way to reframe that feeling of not knowing enough, of lacking some skill or background that would make us more “worthy” to study our subject. When these negative feelings creep in, we can remind ourselves that there is something we alone can bring to the conversation about our subject.
Sometimes what we don’t know, don’t have, or haven’t done contains the insight that yields a much-needed fresh perspective that we can bring to the conversation around our subject!