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Why Is Knowledge So Valuable to More Success?

It was just before the World War II battle of El Alamein.  Winston Churchill was meeting with his leading military strategist, Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery.  Churchill had some concerns.

In reviewing the battle plan, Churchill felt Montgomery was not investing enough effort toward developing detailed knowledge.  He felt Montgomery needed to become more familiar with all aspects of the strategy.

Montgomery is reputed to have brushed off Churchill’s concerns by saying:

“They say familiarity breeds contempt.”

Churchill was not amused and shot back:

“I would like to remind you that without a degree of familiarity we could not breed anything.”

With that comment Churchill, summarized the problem in becoming more successful in your life.

The problem is you may have become arrogant about the level of knowledge you have acquired in your life and have made the presumption nothing more can or needs to be learned.

To paraphrase Churchill:  Your comfort and familiarity with what you know may be breeding contempt for learning new things.

What follows are some of my thoughts on why such an attitude will stand in your way of achieving more success.

Think for a moment how you have progressed to this point in your life.  In fact, take 5 minutes and list the new things you have learned over the last year.  Consider each in terms of its importance to leading you to this moment.


Would I be where I am today if I hadn’t gained that piece of knowledge and applied it?

If you are honest with yourself, a significant percentage of the new things you’ve learned in the last year have been critical to getting you where you are.

Next question:

If a significant part of what you’ve learned in the last year has been important to your success, why would you assume you don’t need to gain new information to progress in the future?

Truth be told…life is a journey of learning new information so you can progress to a new level.   Making your life a destination for the rehashing of old information is a recipe for malaise and, ultimately, decline.

The extension of the above thoughts (when you really think about it) is your life is guided by the knowledge you gain and put to practical use.

How could that not be the case when you consider the simple facts of the world situation today?

Two phrases are repeated constantly:  Developed countries…undeveloped countries.

Ask yourself:

Of all the differences between the two levels of development what would seem to be the most consistent difference?

I would suggest that key difference is the level of knowledge being applied by the people who inhabit the various countries/geographic areas.

If knowledge is not valued as shown by the availability of educational resources, the quality of life at all levels is catastrophically reduced.  The converse, however, is usually evident in the developed countries.

With an ever growing body of knowledge, you will be able to create a good life you will love.

But…let’s take this line of thinking a little deeper.

John Adams said:

“The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of the rich men in the country.”

Consider his thought in light of what is happening in the United States today and around the world and you will understand my point.

Besides that, the more you understand the more options you can create.

The word, option, can be defined as: “a thing that is or may be chosen.”options-73332_640

Your success will always be defined by the choices you make.  If you don’t have the knowledge to create and choose the best options in your life, you will have defined your limits at a much lower level.

Yes, I suppose you could define your success on a lower level than your true potential.  But, why would you want to do that?

Make sure you are truly satisfied with a “yes” answer to that question or your dissatisfaction as your life progresses will grow unbearable.

Here is one way to make sure your choice is the best one you can make.

Interestingly, by working yourself through the process outlined in the article referenced in the above link, you will be increasing your knowledge.

Do you see the irony in that fact?   :<)

Hopefully the above thoughts have convinced you why knowledge is so valuable to your greater success.  But, here is one more thought to consider.

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. – Khalil Gibran

garylogonewbrownsmallWhy are you going to dedicate yourself to becoming a lifelong learner and acting on what you learn?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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