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There’s a difference between information and knowledge. This was personally something I had confusion about for many years. It caused me to waste a lot of time.
In The Game we have a saying: Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding. It breaks down like this:
(1) Knowledge: The learning phase;
(2) Wisdom: Learning how and when to use the knowledge you’ve acquired;
(3) Understanding: The “marriage” of knowledge and wisdom – complete insight.
Because you truly understand something means you can be looked at as an expert. This of course doesn’t mean you know every facet about something, but you could be considered an authority in that particular area you thoroughly understand.
A big problem is that some people get INFORMATION and KNOWLEDGE confused. If you’re not gaining knowledge, then you’re not really learning something. If you’re not learning something, then you may never acquire wisdom about it and reach a full understanding. So to simplify it – which I always like to do – let’s look at the dictionary to define these 2 words.
(1) knowledge communicated or received concerning a particular fact or circumstance; news.
(2) knowledge gained through study, communication, research, instruction, etc.; factual data.
(3) the act or fact of informing.
(1) acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition.
(2) familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch of learning.
(3) acquaintance or familiarity gained by sight, experience, or report.
(4) the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; clear and certain mental apprehension.
That’s a mouth-full I know. But as we go through these definitions we see some differences. Information is primarily data and facts. Knowledge can also be facts but, it also involves study, investigation, learning, experience, familiarity, and awareness. Getting information can lead to knowledge, but alone it’s just being informed about something. Stay with me.
EXAMPLE: Information would be getting the temperature for the day; the fact that there was an accident on the interstate near you; someone telling you that there’s a sale at your favorite store. Information is good, but there is little learning or study involved as there is with acquiring knowledge.
So, it’s good to discover that your car not starting could possibly be the cause of your battery or alternator (or a few more things), but if you don’t KNOW what those are and how to check them, then you’re stuck. You would have to seek out someone who KNOWS and UNDERSTANDS more than you. You have information but no practical application of that information. You have facts but are unable to apply them to investigate or solve the problem.
If you took the time to learn how the battery and alternator work together in your vehicle, then you would have acquired knowledge; something tangible that you could use.
I’m not sure about you, but when I was in high school learning algebra, a common complaint among us students was, “When are we ever going to use this in real life?”
Granted, this was because we were lazy. However, there’s some validity behind that statement. Although you acquired information (facts) AND knowledge (learning the application of the information), once you know longer use it, you lose it. Unless your career or business path involves mathematics, would you use algebra? Do you even remember the more complicated formulas? Has your child ever come home and asked you for help with their algebra homework and you sat there looking crazy as you tried to recall the information?
You may have learned and gained KNOWLEDGE about algebra at 1 point in your life, but since you stopped using it then you didn’t proceed to gain WISDOM in it. You don’t know how and when to apply algebra equations, so you really don’t UNDERSTAND algebra.
What does all this mean? Glad you asked.
I used to read – a lot. And although I had a lot of information, very little of that was knowledge. I could quote things, recite facts and regurgitate other’s ideas, but if you asked me how to USE that information for my benefit, most of the time I couldn’t.
I would read an entire book on real estate investing. I gathered a lot of information and a little knowledge, but since I never applied that knowledge, then I didn’t really learn anything. It was just facts and statistics floating around in my head. I sounded smart, but I had no WISDOM – I didn’t know HOW or WHEN to apply that knowledge. Therefore I could never claim to completely UNDERSTAND it.
I’ve said this before: knowledge is not enough! The best way to really learn something is to USE it. Then as you make your errors and mistakes you grow wise. You know how to use it and when. After that point, you start to really understand it.
Game is a great thing. It’s all information and knowledge but if you never use it, then you’ll never actually learn it. You end up cutting yourself off from wisdom and understanding. If don’t understand what you’re doing then you could be doing more harm to yourself than good. Peep Game.
Stay in motion...
So, January is already half way over. Time flies, doesn’t it? I know many people buy into making New Year’s resolutions but, let’s be honest, many people never accomplish those goals. They usually never stay focused long enough.
When I speak to people and answer emails I’m finding a common theme that’s keeping many from taking that BIG step into thinking above average. And I could say it’s based on many factors (which it usually is), but it commonly comes down to – people don’t have a CLEAR idea of what they REALLY want.
If I asked you to make a list of the things you want to accomplish this year. Most people’s lists would be vague:
While having a target to aim at is extremely important, if you can’t see the bullseye (the center), then you can still hit the target, but not the CENTER. The center being EXACTLY what you want.
I was speaking to a young Lady about relationships. She’s a fairly positive person, optimistic and attractive. She’s tired of the run around and unnecessary drama that can occur with trying to establish something meaningful. She recognizes that she does want someone special but there are things she’s just not willing to compromise on. Fair enough.
I asked her what she wanted and I was giving a list of 5 or 6 things. Then I asked her what she DIDN’T want. This question led to an hour long conversation about her past experiences and difficulties that really bothered her.
I pointed out that while it’s good she knows what she DOES NOT want, she wasn’t that clear about what she DOES want.
Knowing what you don’t want is good – it’s a process called NEGATION. It can be used to determine what something IS NOT, so you can find out what something IS. Or in this case, what is NOT wanted or needed to determine what IS wanted or needed.
And while this can help you recognize many targets that you can aim and shoot at, it’s really best to only have 1 target. This is concentrated force going in a single direction; applied effort to yield a specific outcome. Simply put, having a Dominant force instead of using a weaker one. The Dominant force eventually always wins over a weaker force.
You can say I want a new house but, what kind of house? What kind of neighborhood? How many bedrooms? Garage or no garage? What is each room going to be used for? How big is the yard? Is the back yard fenced in? What’s going in the back yard? Older house or newer house? Brick or siding? Ranch style home or home with a full basement? Etc., etc.
This plays on your personal psychology because it gives the mind a focal point to work with. Let me give you an example. Many of you have probably experienced something like this before:
Let’s say you started thinking about purchasing a new car. And while you’re out and about handling your daily responsibilities, you start noticing the very same car you were thinking about buying. You may see it multiple times on the interstate, parked in different parking lots; it may often pass you on the road.
Here’s the kicker: Has this car you’ve decided to buy always been that prevalent and you just haven’t paid attention? Well, it has. But now that you’ve given your mind something to pay attention to, you’ll notice that particular vehicle much more – it will stand out like a sore thumb. You’ve given your mind a focal point and this focal point draws the mind’s awareness.
This works with anything. It could material items, or better personality traits you want to develop.
Back to the question… Do you know what you REALLY want? Are you clear or are the images you have in your mind just vague? The clearer the picture, the more Dominant the force you put behind it. Think of it like taking a photo. If you took a picture and the result came out blurry, would you keep it? More than likely you would take another picture so that quality was clearer. Clarity is a gift to the eyes as well as the mind.
Always be real with yourself – be honest. Go passed what you think others may think about what you want, unless they’re included in the decision. Go passed what society has told you that you SHOULD want. Be authentic, be bold and create a crystal clear picture of what it is you REALLY want because that’s the first major step to getting it.
See yourself as you want to be. See yourself already having what you want. Place yourself in a clear, uncluttered picture.
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