Last week I popped into the Business Start Up Show at Olympia and came away with some great new connections. I also met an old acquaintance and was excited for her as she was planning to go into business for herself. Her challenge however, was she had become a ‘knowledge junkie’.
She is a beautiful and intelligent woman and had gained accreditation, qualification and a number of years’ experience in her industry but still felt she needed to ‘know’ more and so wasn’t going to start her business until sometimenext year. She was being held back and procrastinating because her belief was that ‘she wasn’t enough’. She needed more training.
Common sense would have us believe that we pursue an education or training so we may gain knowledge. But the truth is that knowledge in itself isn’t all that useful. A person may know many things, but still may fail to apply that knowledge. It is only when we apply what we have learned that it becomes valuable.
The “great aim” of education is not to amass vast quantities of facts… it is to take what we know and use it to shape our lives and impact the lives of others. It is to make a difference.
Think about all the things you “know”… but haven’t put into action. We can love to learn and expand our knowledge, but it means very little if we do not use those ideas and thoughts to guide our actions.
I am hoping the next time, I bump into my friend at a Start Up show, and she’ll be telling me how her business is growing. So the next time you hear a good idea or learn something new, consider how you can apply it to your own life. In other words, value the education and knowledge you’ve gained… but also value putting that knowledge into action.
What education have you acquired that you can put into action, starting now?