One of the most popular motivational sayings is: “Knowledge is Power.”
On the surface it sounds great. When you learn you have the ability to achieve more. It’s a commonly used saying when addressing youth. Doing well in school will create more options and opportunities for youth as they become adults.
But knowledge alone isn’t power. Not if you don’t do anything with it.
That’s why I like this quote from Tony Robbins in his book Money:
“Knowledge is not power – it’s potential power. Knowledge is not mastery. Execution is mastery. Execution will trump knowledge every day of the week.”
If you don’t put knowledge to work it becomes wasted. It leads to unfulfilled potential.
You can learn about eating healthy and exercising, but unless you execute you aren’t going to lose weight. You can go to College or University and specialize in a profession or trade, but unless you put that book knowledge to use, you won’t have the power in that field. This is especially true with reading motivational or business books. Reading can be a passive activity. You sit back and relax with a book. But to get the most out of a book you need to be active. You need to do the worksheets at the end of the chapter, you need to make notes, and then you need to take action.
It makes me think of some people I know that have gone to college and university but haven’t applied what they have learned. They’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars and committed years of their life but in the end, they waste it by not putting it to use.
You may not end up in the field that you went to school for but that doesn’t mean you can’t apply the knowledge you’ve learned. I went to University and took English. I thought I was going to go to teachers college after my degree. Although I’m a Rapper, my degree is something I use all the time. I use it when I’m writing an email to book a show, I use it when I’m writing a blog, I use it when I’m writing my raps.
Learn as much as you can, but make sure you put it to use.