Knowledge is power and the importance of knowledge in living a successful life is unquestionable. Ignorance, in many ways, is suicidal. People acquire knowledge to get more results in business, relationships, leadership, marriage, and life in general.
But you know what? There are some kinds of knowledge that do more harm than good in people’s lives, and the world in general, so let’s talk about them.
The knowledge that increases fear: Fear comes in many forms, and it hinders people from taking bold steps in life. When people increase in knowledge, it is usually expected that they’ll increase in confidence, but it’s not always so. There is the knowledge that brings fear, and limits how much people can achieve in life.
A good example is young entrepreneurs who read and overwhelm themselves with stats on why it’s impossible to achieve certain feats. They end up not taking any action, because they are convinced it isn’t possible, even without trying. In other words, they get more knowledge, but take less action. Their knowledge increases their fear, but reduces their faith.
Sometimes, the man with less knowledge has a higher chance for success, if he does not fear to act.
Nevertheless, while it is important to research and find out ways other people have tried and failed before, this knowledge should not incapacitate you into inaction, but open your mind to discover smarter and more innovative ways of doing things.
The knowledge that questions everything, but answers nothing: Today, most people will effortlessly tell you a thousand and one things that are wrong with a person’s leadership style, a country’s system of governance, or even a company’s methods of doing business. But very few can tell how things can be done better.
It is sad but true that many people read to find questions and not answers. This set of people come up with clever but controversial questions that are aimed at discrediting and disregarding someone else’s ideas or opinions, without any attempt to find answers to their own questions, consequently leading to more confusion and misunderstandings.
A good example is people who question an established way of doing things, after reading one or two contrasting points of view, without being interested in finding better ways of doing things or understanding the reasons why people do what they do. The result is more confusion.
Also, this kind of knowledge makes people over analyse situations without taking any action, leading to analysis paralysis.
Knowledge is worthless unless it is combined with a willingness to be acted upon. And, in acting upon knowledge, we find answers.
Get knowledge as much as you can, and in all your getting, find answers.
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