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More Important?

b2ap3_thumbnail_j0178398Looks like we’ll get into a debate in this post.  That seems obvious to me because I added a question mark in the title.  So, let me confirm that I will be debating with myself in an effort to provide you with clarity which is my ultimate purpose.

The debate will revolve around which is more important:  knowledge or imagination.  Good focus for a debate, don’t you think?  Let’s face it at first glance they would both seem to be important…and, they are!  Let’s take a look, though.

I hope you don’t mind but I think it’s important that we start the debate from a common understanding of the two words.  Of course, that means referring to a dictionary for definitions and I resorted to that tact in the previous post as well.  In short, I don’t want to make repetition a source of boredom for you.

Anyway, here goes in terms of getting an understanding of the words, knowledge and imagination.  I’ll make it simple and grab a short definition of each. First, knowledge is defined as information and skills gained through experience or education and is the total of what is known.  On the other hand, imagination is defined as the ability of the mind to be creative or solve problems.

With those definitions it becomes clear to me which characteristic is more important to realizing your full potential.  Note that the definition of knowledge implies limitations, i.e., “the total of what is known.”  Clearly you have to have a huge amount of knowledge as a foundation for your success. That said, though, knowledge without using your imagination to apply it becomes a useless reservoir of facts that is static.  It has no meaning because it has no application!

Imagine…having “information and skills gained through experience or education” and not creatively applying it to solve problems in your life.  By contrast, imagine creatively applying all your knowledge and skills to create infinite possibilities.

It’s not even a debate!  Imagination drives your knowledge and skills…not the other way around.

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