Knowledge by itself is not power


Whoever first said that knowledge is power was probably selling encyclopedias. Knowledge is just another tool, like a hammer or drill. Tools are only powerful if they are used effectively.

So, how do you use knowledge effectively?

  • By seeing clearly what can be done.
  • By seeing clearly your own limitations.
  • By acting on what you know.

Wise action, based on knowledge is real power.

Never give up learning. The more you know, the more you can do. When you know how build a computer, that knowledge means nothing unless you build that computer.

Think about how the world would be if Bill Gates hadn’t used his knowledge to build Microsoft. I wouldn’t be able to write this post now. He acted on his knowledge and changed the world.

Think about Michelangelo. His painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling is one of the most beautiful works of art in the world. He shared his knowledge of painting and the world is still in awe 500 years later.

Are you using your knowledge to guide your actions? You may not be Gates or Michelangelo, but you have a specific knowledge or gift that is uniquely yours.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

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