Knowledge Is Not Power

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.”
– Yogi Berra

We’ve all heard the term ‘knowledge is power’ – but is it really? Some of the most well-informed people on the planet have failed to achieve influence and power. Some of the most un-informed people on the planet hold masses of power. So what’s the real deal here?

The fact of the matter is that it feels good to learn. It’s a comfort zone activity. For the large majority of people, reading a book, listening to an audio or taking a class is safe – and you come out the other end feeling informed, a better version of yourself and a little bit more wise.

What’s really scary is taking action. Putting that knowledge to use, in the real world, outside of your comfort zone. It’s this reality that has created an information-addicted society…but with no follow up. You can know exactly how to pull an engine apart and put it back in perfect working order but if you never actually fix an engine, what good is that knowledge? And if that engine were to have an upgrade with new parts, your knowledge is now outdated and not useful.

“If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must taste the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in experience.” – Mao Zedong

Without action on what you know, you may as well not know it. Without application in the real world, the theory may as well not exist. Because true progress, growth and developments comes from real-world, real-time experience.

Growing and developing into the best version of yourself is crucial in becoming a successful business person and having a fulfilling life. The biggest chunk of that is ensuring you get out there and take action on the theory you are learning from the greats. Reach out to mentors who are achieving what you’d like to; read up on your predecessors; take advice from other successful people…then get out there and make your own mistakes.

Live, love, lead a life by design x