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Knowledge is not power

Updated: Sep 6, 2022

No, knowledge is not power. That’s a lie and I’ll tell you why. Tell me when was the last time you used the algebra? Or the Pythagorean theorem? Parents and teachers sell you an illusion of, education equal smart, but no, that’s not true.

Going to school is probably a waste of time because you learn things that won’t be of any use for you unless you follow a specialization like engineering, medical, law, academic etc.

If you want to be a writer, an artist, an entrepreneur or anything else that society tells you not to, school is just a waste of time. Going to school just proves to you and everyone else that you know how to follow rules and do your chores, but when you graduate reality hits your face and you realize that more than half of what you’ve been taught in school is useless.

This comes down to self-teaching as well. People who are improving and developing themselves get into the trap of buying courses, books and constantly consuming content that they believe will make them better, but if all of that content and knowledge that they get is not being used, they’re just filling their heads with useless material.

If you are not currently building a startup then why read books on them? If you are not currently being a freelance writer, or author, or blogger, or screenwriter, then why read books on them?

If you are not indenting to start a business, or don’t like doing marketing, then why read books on them?

Reflect on your present situation and see what you are currently doing or trying to do, then read a few articles, books or watch some videos on the specific thing and start practicing the knowledge. Don’t just sit there and be a consumer. Be a doer!

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge” — Daniel J. Boorstin

Thinking that you know everything will keep you in a cage, and will stop you from innovating and growing yourself. Having the mindset of a beginner when trying to learn something is how you actually learn and grow.

Being curious and asking questions. People that think they know everything are usually people with degrees and PhDs. They are trapped in an illusion.

They think they figured out everything but the reality is, the academic world is not the real world. Knowing something in theory is far from knowing something from experience.

You can read and study all you want about business, but if you don’t start a business or get involved in one, you don’t really know anything. The most learning happens while you are doing, building, creating engaging with something. When you are using all of your senses, not just being a passive consumer of facts.

Knowledge becomes wisdom when you have a practical experience of it. Wisdom and knowledge are not the same thing. Knowledge is an effect of reading, studying, researching. Wisdom is an effect of practicing, living, experiencing.

Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing whether or not to say it

In other words, knowledge is not power but the potential of it. The ability to act on knowledge is power. Knowledge by itself is nothing. It’s like knowing how to solve a problem, but you just know. You don’t act on that knowledge therefore the problem remains there.

Getting knowledge without the intention of using it is being a consumer. Just because you read books it doesn’t mean that the world is going to be better.

Also that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad thing, but the world is full of consumers and we need people that act on their knowledge today more than ever before.

We need people who create, innovate and solve problems. Just consuming knowledge it’s like going to school. Passive consumers of facts without adding any value to the world.

Bottom line is, get knowledge on the thing that you want to work on, to improve your craft, to get new skills to make new things and to improve your community and the world for the future generations. Be a doer.


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