Knowledge Is Power… But Wait, There’s More.
Most of us have heard the expression that knowledge is power. While this is true, it is what we do with that knowledge, or power, that can make us rise to heights of success and achievement and achieve our professional goals. It is the actions that you take after gaining the knowledge that can make you truly powerful.
In order to become a doctor, the knowledge of medicine, when applied to your profession, gives you the power to become a doctor. However, if you go to medical school and gain all the knowledge you need to become a doctor, but never take the next step of taking the proper exams and working in a private practice or in a hospital or medical setting, then the knowledge just sits there and doesn’t propel you forward toward achieving your professional goal. The same is true of any career. In order to achieve your professional goals, it is imperative to continue to gain knowledge in your chosen area of expertise and to follow it up with action!
Whatever you hope to become, or however you want to live your life, the quantity and quality of the knowledge that you obtain will give you the power to continuously achieve your professional goals. Knowledge often, but not always, comes in the form of formal education. Certain careers require formal education in the form of a degree in order for you to have the legal right to practice in that career. Not all knowledge requires formal schooling. While diplomas and degrees do help people get a job, they are not the only way to learn. If a person applies a “never stop learning” attitude, their actions can take them as far as they want to go in life. There are books on CD, educational videos, online classes, seminars, library programs and a host of other ways, all of which are available for you to learn from. All of these will help you achieve your professional goals faster by giving you additional knowledge that you might not have applied before.
Knowledge is never ending and constantly changing. It is imperative to continue to learn throughout your lifetime. With the advances in technology there is also a bigger demand than ever to be aware of the changes that are happening in your chosen field as well as in life in general.
Unfortunately many of us get out of school and are thrilled to be done with our required learning. Many people never want to set foot in a school again and associate negative feelings about school with the process of learning. The problem with this way of thinking is that you are essentially putting up a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the area of your brain that once was open to learning. If you do this then your way of thinking remains at a level that sufficient for you at an earlier time in your life but becomes stagnant, ultimately inhibiting every area of your life. When you finished grade school you were ready to gain more knowledge in middle school. When you finished middle school you were ready to gain more knowledge in high school. When you finished high school you were ready to gain more knowledge in college or perhaps begin a job. Each time however, the additional knowledge allowed you to move on to the next level. If you stop learning, not only will your mind stagnate but the achievement of your professional goals will be limited by limited or out-of-date knowledge.
Any successful businessperson, educator, philosopher, scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, investor, writer, doctor, lawyer, computer programmer, parent or professional is constantly increasing their knowledge and applying it in any number of areas. In doing so, they create their own success.
If you love to read, there are thousands of books that you can buy or borrow from the library. If you’re not a reader, the same is true of books on CD or even instructional videos. You can speak with people in your chosen field or attend seminars…in person or online. The point is, there are many different options to gain additional knowledge and achieve your professional goals.
Everyone is constantly gaining knowledge of one sort or another through everyday activities and observances. If you take the time to make a conscious effort to gain the kind of knowledge that will help you, you will notice a consistently upward path toward achieving your professional goals.