Greetings out there. I hope this message finds you well. Once again, it’s time to share some Game, so those of you that need it, get ready to soak it up.
The root word of knowledge is to know. But just because you know, doesn't mean you know how and when to use that knowledge. Are you with me? If not, let me explain.
One of my biggest mistakes, when it came to business, was that I didn't organize a team around what I was doing. To be quite honest I just didn't want to deal with the management aspect.
Things seem to get complicated quickly when you have to not only manage yourself, but others too. You have to deal with your mental and emotional states and you have to deal with the mental and emotional states of the people on your team. It goes with the territory and I felt I didn't have time for it. I figured that time and energy was better spent running my business.
There’s a saying and it goes, “When you know better, you do better.”
That saying is bulls@#t! Just because you know, doesn't mean you’ll do. And even if you want to do, you might not know how to do.
Allow me to elaborate. I knew building a team was the natural evolution of my business, there is only so much one person can do. Did I know better? Yes, sure did? Did I do better? Nope, sure didn't.
When I started my third (and eventually successful) business I was like a baby learning to walk. I’m bobbing around, falling, running into things; I was all over the place trying to get my footing.
My mentors in business taught me a lot of things and I knew these things worked because I was able to see them use it. But hard-headed stubborn young me, thought my way was better. Again I say, knowledge is just knowledge until you learn how to use it and when to use it.
It‘s good to acquire knowledge, I’m not saying be ignorant by any means. What I’m saying is this – any knowledge that you don’t use (or know how to use) is useless information. It’s not doing anything for your life – it’s not helping you or anyone else.
And my real point is this - if you don’t use what you know, you’re acting like you don’t know anything at all.
And why would you want to live your life that way?
Learning about things is good, but knowing how and when to apply that knowledge is what you should be pushing for. So I urge you to use what you know and teach what you know. When you pass on what you know to others, show those people how they can apply the information to their lives.
Here’s a famous quote from a serious old school Hustler, Benjamin Franklin (you didn't really think he “discovered” electricity, did you?):
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I’ll remember. Involve me and I learn.”
If you know a lot about a lot of things, but don’t do a lot with it, this is a Game Leak. You need to plug that Leak in yourself before it leads to Game Loss (losing what you've already gained). Peep the Game in that.
What good is a cure for a disease, if sits on a shelf? What good is knowing how to change a tire, if you just stand there when it’s flat? What good is knowing there’s stores that sell food, but you just sit your ass on the sofa and starve?
Does any of this make any sense to you? But yet we do it every day. I still find myself doing this from time to time.
And, you know me, let’s take this to another level!
Have you ever stepped outside of yourself long enough to think – there may be someone out there suffering, right this moment, and your knowledge could be helping them?
Plug those Leaks and let’s get our Game straight.
Keep it moving. Until next time…
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