Do you practice self-development or shelf-development?


Throughout my life, I have repeatedly heard the saying, ‘Knowledge is power.’ It is a saying used to outline the benefits of education and learning.

I have always felt the statement was not complete and had something fundamental missing. If knowledge is power, then why are professors not the most powerful people in the world?

Some of the most powerful people in the world, have not been the smartest. Also, some of the most successful people in the world do not have a degree or did not finish their education.

Another familiar saying moved me towards the answer I was looking for. ‘We know what to do, but we do not always do what we know.’ How many times have you said, ‘I know it’, however you have not done it? If you know it, but have not done it, do you really know it well enough?

I considered it was the doing that was important, for what good is knowledge unless you do something with it. There are people who read a book, take in the knowledge and then say the book is useless because nothing different happened in their lives.

Then there are people who read the same book and they make changes happen, by applying what they have learnt.

The two people gained the same knowledge; the difference was, only one person acted on the knowledge they had gained. Knowledge is not power; the application of knowledge is power.

Are you a collector of knowledge or an applier of knowledge?

Knowledge is like a tool that can be used to craft your life and endeavours, but only when you pick up that tool and start to use it.

The next time you learn something that can benefit you, don’t just deposit it in your memory bank and leave it there, take it out regularly and use it.

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.

Don’t just collect knowledge, apply it and remember the great thing about applying knowledge is that at times, it does not have to belong to you.

Consider the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, ‘Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.’

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