What is ‘Renaissance Nerd?’

Yes.  If pressed to summarize within a ‘mission statement’ (because everyone just loves these):  a platform to express, and exchange our collective, yet diverse experiences and interests.  But, I believe this blog is and will evolve into much more than that.

renaissance man/woman/person is (according to Wikipedia) a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas; such a person is known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.

A nerd (again, according to Wikipedia – best site ever) is overly intellectual, obsessive, or lacking social skills…wait.  Scratch that.  Worst site ever.  Okay, let’s see what Webster has to say:  an unstylish (lame), unattractive (lame), or socially inept person (lame); especially one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits .  Awesome – thanks, Webster.  We’ll just leverage the ‘devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits’ portion.

The intersection of the idea of these two words, Renaissance (Person) & Nerd, is what inspires me.  Am I able to become more ‘knowledgeable to solve specific problems?’  Am I able to ‘slavishly devote (myself) to intellectual or academic pursuits?  Emphatically – yes.  A brilliant quote from an amazing 2016 work, ‘When Breath Becomes Air:’

You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.

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We, collectively, are all ceaselessly striving towards betterment within our respective personal and professional roles.  This blog, this forum, this platform – together we will share our stories of success, failure, hardship, and triumph.  We will share our life’s experiences and perspectives.  We will share our passions, interests, and desires.  We will share – Yes.

Welcome to ‘Renaissance Nerd’ – what is your asymptote? 

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  1. I think my asymptotes are likely along the same as yours. Achieve the literal physical limits of fitness, strive to be the utmost expert in my field, obtain a breadth of knowledge to be comfortable in any situation, set my kids up to for a bright and resplendent future. None truly achievable in a realistic and objective sense… But goals to constantly reach towards.

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    1. Is there really ever a ‘limit’ beyond our regulating self-belief system? Goals ultimately are either means or an end – each support the other. Too often we, as a society, focus on the ‘means.’ This preoccupation of the means causes us to lose sight of the end goal – which is why we started in the first place.

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