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Dec 09, 2018 17:03:54

Knowledge is not power

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Brandon Wilson

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In high school, I remember seeing all these different posters on the wall in the library. The posters depicted various celebrities with books in their hands and pithy quotes and phrases. The one that comes to mind is one of actor Edward James Olmos that had the quote, "Leer es poder." This literally translates to "reading is power." 

I agree the act of reading is a powerful skill. If you want to write fiction, one of the best ways to improve your writing is to read fiction. If you want to improve virtually any area of your life, there are countless websites, magazines, and books that will give you the information you are seeking. Information, however, is not enough.

Knowledge is NOT power. Simply knowing information is not enough today. Before the internet, knowledge did have power. People who knew a lot of facts had a competitive advantage. Today, if you don't know something it is one quick Google search away using your phone. 

It's one thing to have the information. More important is what you DO with the information. Knowing how to lose weight has no value unless you take action and actually lose weight. Knowing how to save money does nothing for you if your bank account keeps accruing overdraft fees. 

If you don't have a habit of reading, you should create one. Read material that you find most interesting. But don't finish a book, close the cover, say, "Huh!" and then move on. Before you start reading, have the intent that you are looking for information that you can take action on. 

You should also look for "just-in-time" information that you can act on right away. Don't read about growing a business before you have even started a business. Look for topics that cover where you are now and the next step of where you want to go,

It's not enough to just know information. The power lies with those who take action and use knowledge to achieve their goals and live better lives.


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    @brandonwilson
    Exactly right, Brandon. Knowledge without action is still inaction. Like having one foot on the gas and one foot on the break. This according to that old school philosopher, Sammy Hagar

    Mark Armstrong avatar Mark Armstrong | Dec 12, 2018 16:05:23
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    @brandonwilson This is a great post, particularly the balance between just-in-time information to support action and proactive reading to inspire action. I read it before sitting down and writing my next 3 drafts, so don't be surprised if you see some influence there.

    John Patterson avatar John Patterson | Dec 11, 2018 15:48:12
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      @johnpatterson Thanks so much I appreciate it! I am writing these posts as reminders to myself and glad to hear others are benefiting as well. This post is part of a larger issue I have been thinking about for awhile which is learning how to manage information. I will probably have more posts on the topic in the future.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Dec 11, 2018 16:07:31
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    @brandonwilson makes sense! it's such a challenge managing information overload. it's easy to acquire information and not do anything with it. another challenge is curating quality information. interested in learning what the process of taking action looks like for you!

    Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Dec 09, 2018 17:43:52
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    @brandonwilson Brandon, can you DM me on twitter? (I can't DM you) I need to message you about 200WaD

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 09, 2018 17:07:44
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      @brandonwilson @basilesamel I ran into the same issue. I am following you now so you should be able to DM me.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Dec 09, 2018 22:08:04
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