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When Does Knowledge Become Powerful?

| Posted in Book Excerpts, Critical Thinkers, Education, Inspiration, Leadership, Personal Development, Personal Leadership, Quick Questions, Steppin' Out Of The Darkness, The 8th Habit, Think About It, Wise Words |

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Reading the book, Hand Me Another Brick, by Mr. Charles Swindoll, of Insight For Living, enabled me to begin wrapping my brain around the difference between knowledge and insight. Despite the world-wide acceptance and popularity of the phrase, “Knowledge Is Power,” I respectfully disagree. How many of you know that if a lie is communicated often enough, it becomes the truth? How many of you agree that the written word and visual images are the two most powerful forms of communication known to humanity?

It’s undisputed that knowledge has the “potential” to become powerful once great people like you become insightful enough to make your dreams come true as you begin to achieve great things. But when does knowledge truly become powerful? To answer that question, please allow me to share a quote from the pending release of, Steppin’ Out Of The Darkness, “When Good People Become Great.”

Only when the knowledge you possess transforms the mediocre into the excellent can what you know truly become both powerful and insightful.

It’s undisputed that today’s students have acquired the knowledge needed to pass enough multiple guess tests to graduate from high school. But how many students with a lot of book sense lack what’s needed to effectively apply the knowledge they’ve amassed? How many students are properly prepared to step out of the classroom today and successfully design an energy efficient home, engineer a car that runs on anything but fossil fuels, or build cities with highways devoid of traffic jams tomorrow?

How many of today’s students are simply being trained to memorize data facts and information just long enough to store them in their short-term memory banks until they can receive a passing score on a standardized test? If these highly intelligent and extremely talented keepers of knowledge choose not to use it, how powerful is it?

In the mid 1990′s, I created an informal seminar, Talent Alone Is Not Enough™, to serve me while engaging grade school and middle school students during Career Day Activities. Their favorable response to the nuggets of knowledge shared inspired me to develop a more insightful seminar series to compliment the informal class discussions. Out of the many life lessons lived and learned while residing in Los Angeles, California, I birthed the Talent Alone Is Not Enough seminar series.

During the humble beginnings of Talent Alone Is Not Enough, I utilized a unique way to illustrate my belief that knowledge is not power. Standing before students and educators, I’d say, “Imagine if you will that the book in my hands, and its contents, symbolized knowledge.” I would open my hands and let the book fall to the floor thereby creating a loud bang. Dropping the book raised more than a few eyebrows but doing so amply illustrated my point and got my participants’ undivided attention.

Knowledge has no power without the wisdom and understanding to know how to effectively employ what’s taught in the classroom in the real world with “excellence.” Without insight, knowledge has no power. An internship under the leadership of a professionally trained, insightful mentor is frequently required to transform knowledge into a powerful tool that will serve its wise owner well. But be forewarned.

“If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.”

©Copyright 2007 by Roderick O. Solomon. All Rights Reserved.

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