why knowledge alone won’t make you successful

Primary school tests, entrance examinations, secondary school tests, matriculation examinations…

In preparation, what we did was to study texts and formulae. The more we remembered and regurgitated, the better our score. The more correct answers we were able to give, the greater the possibility that we would be deemed “bright”. If we managed to get all correct, we earned the title of genius.

A lot of emphasis was placed on knowledge.

When Sir Francis Bacon published in his work, Meditationes Sacrae (1597), the saying: “knowledge itself is power”, he most likely wanted to transmit the idea that having and sharing knowledge is the cornerstone of reputation and influence, and therefore power; all achievements emanate from this.

Since then, knowledge is power, is an oft heard phrase, distorting Sir Francis’s original meaning and suggesting that knowing is the prerequisite to success.

When I was involved in network marketing in another lifetime, I remember hearing the phrase – to know and not to do, is not to know.

Here the emphasis was on taking action. Sure you could possess knowledge, but if you didn’t act on what you knew, the result would be similar to not knowing anything at all.

I was watching a new series called Will Trent.

Special Agent Will Trent was abandoned at birth and endured a harsh coming-of-age in Atlanta’s overwhelmed foster care system. Determined to make sure no one feels as he did, he now has the highest clearance rate.

In episode 4, Will, who is dyslexic and goes through great pains to hide it, feels slightly embarrassed, when his partner Faith, shares that she knows of his disability.

She assures him, that being dyslexic doesn’t make him inferior or less than, in fact, he is better at his job because of his ability to spot the smallest of details, easily overlooked by others, that usually helps solve the case.

He says, (and I’m paraphrasing here)…I know that. I know that I am capable. I know that being dyslexic doesn’t make me inferior. It’s one thing to know…it’s another to believe.

We often know we are good at certain things, possess particular talents, yet we don’t use what we’ve been given. Instead we listen to the lies others tell us about ourselves. We know what we know, but have trouble believing in ourselves. Hence our insecurities.

Discovering who we really are and what we are capable of usually comes later on in life, because we have to disentangle ourselves from the lies that we believed, that became erroneous truths for us.

We are all Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

Our learning experiences help our clients to obtain what they believe they need to succeed. We help each person believe in their own abilities and only when we can do this, do we have enough faith in our own abilities to achieve our goals.






Belief only comes once we have served enough times by helping our clients obtain whatever it is they want most!

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