What you do with what you know is the key to your success

  • Wednesday, October 17, 2012


We are often told that knowledge is power.
The fact is, knowledge is not power. There are many people who are knowledgeable yet they have not attained success.
I remember while growing up they use to call some people an educated dunce. It didn’t make any sense whatsoever to me. It seems like a contradiction of terms. How can you be educated and at the same time be a dunce?
I found out after a while that what they really meant was that the person while academically capable was lacking in what they call practical common sense.                   
The fact is, knowledge is not power, it is the right use of knowledge that gives power and brings success. You can have all the information in the world and still not do anything with it and end up getting nowhere. It’s often not how much you have but how well you use what you have.
So getting an education is not the end of the road, it just opens the door to opportunity.
But having said that we must understand that although knowledge is not power, there is no power without knowledge. Since the right use of knowledge is what produces power and or success, it means that you have to at least have it before you are able to use it rightly.
So, the person who has knowledge is way ahead of the person with none.
An education makes you more aware. It opens doors of opportunities for you. It gives you the ability to take advantage of more opportunities.
A high school dropout does not have the range of choices and the number of choices that a college graduate would have. The doors of opportunities are wider and more numerous for the college graduate.                                                                                                      
When you are told that knowledge will open doors for you, understand what is being said. It is not that a college education or any other education open doors and all you have to do is walk right in as many people have thought only to be very disappointed. It actually means more doors will be open, you can also push open more doors but you have to apply yourself and you have to use what you have learned, everything you have learned, wisely.
There is a preponderance of information available today. The people who get ahead are the people who know what to sift through, can sift through what is available and use it to their advantage.

The Rev. Valentine Williams is the Pastor of Transforming Life Center Church in Pineville, a motivational speaker, seminar/workshop leader, personal development coach, adjunct instructor and the author of Youth Empowered to Succeed. He is also the president of Williams Speaking and Training Services, a people development organization that conducts professional and personal development training and staff development workshops. For questions, comments or speaking engagements contact him at valmyval@yahoo.com.

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