2018: Information vs Knowledge [Must Read]

Information and knowledge have never been the same thing, even though I don’t know why we approach their acquisition alike. Perhaps, the education system is responsible for this gaffe. We sit down in class, church or seminars and just soak in the information without learning anything. And then wonder why we’re the same every year.

Information is passive. You listen. And many times than not, we listen for the sake of listening. And if we find subject boring, we simply shut it out and move on to the next activity, easy and simple.

Knowledge on the other hand, is active. You have to do to know. And I know this sounds contrived but this is the secret of the ages. It is why all the sermons you heard or the books you read made very little difference.To you, they were just information and not knowledge; a collection of stories to listen to and forget afterwards. You took no notes. You could rehearse the information from the notes you had taken and so you learnt nothing.

In 2018, go everywhere with a notepad and a camera. Be ready to capture new things coming to you as information. Knowledge is first acquired by taking notes. And then, acting on the information you got.

The moment you commit pen to paper something happens in your subconscious that triggers actual learning to take place. This is the background that all teachers of goal setting do not really mention. It is why a goal committed to paper in your own handwriting is ten times more likely to be achieved than a goal that stays a mental note.

If this is the only hack you apply in 2018, I think it would go a very long way in helping you become a better person.

After all, the Chinese say, ‘the palest ink is better than the best memory.’ While the former focuses on knowledge, the latter surrenders to being informed.

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