[Over the past 20 years] I have changed in my understanding of my various roles in philanthropy and the value I bring to those roles. Twenty years ago I thought if I could just be the smartest person in the room I would be a valuable asset because I would have all the answers. I am not exactly sure when I realized that my pursuit was not only an impossibility, but the wrong goal.
Increasingly it has become clear to me how little I know. Now, my greatest value, generally, is asking meaningful questions and figuring out how to frame issues. The answers come from those around me and many times from a collection of people. And whereas I no longer seek to be the smartest person in the room, I do think remaining curious is an important quality that has served me well over the years.
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