Knowledge is often considered to be power. Those in the know versus those who don’t know. What you study may be the great knowledge equalizer.
Jack’s hobby is gardening. He knows much more about growing vegetables than the average person. He reads everything he can find about creating the perfect gardening environment.
Susan loves cosmetics and beauty aids. She watches hours of makeup videos, reads on-line blogs on the subject, and knows hundreds of tricks and tips.
James is into big diesel pickup trucks. He watches videos, studies hop-up literature, and attends every swamp meet he can find. His truck is awesome and everyone in his small town seeks him out for diesel hop-up advice.
Technology and Knowledge
Just three decades ago it was much harder to access information.
In the workplace, the data processing department held the key to what you wanted to know, only, very few could access it.
Green bar continuous form paper spewed from line printers in climate-controlled rooms with false floors. The computer operator assembled reports in 14 7/8 inch hanging binders.
A few of the more advanced executives had a green or amber monochrome monitor in the corner of their office but many those didn’t know how to log on.
Knowledge was definitely power, only very few had access.
Today it is a completely different World for those in first World countries. Information, lots of information is available right at your fingertips.
You can read, listen, and watch information right from the palm of your hand. You can study whatever you choose. If you study the information, becoming knowledgeable about a subject happens faster than ever before.
Certainly, data reliability and validity matter. The quality of information sources needs to be scrutinized. Facts will always need to be separated from opinions. Yet, the opportunity to gain power through knowledge has never been easier.
What should you know more about?
What are you reading, watching, and studying?
Is there information to help you build your career?
Knowledge is the great equalizer.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.