Free for the Taking − Help Yourself and Pass It On
Over the ages, we have indeed been blessed with a bountiful gift of wisdom from some of the world’s greatest minds representing every walk of life. This new series will share some of that wisdom along with suggestions for application to many of today’s growing challenges. If you’d like to contribute a personal favorite, please do so by sending your offering to
Today’s thought … The Power of Knowledge
In his best-selling book, The World Is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman, says: “Never before in the history of the planet have so many people—on their own—had the ability to find so much information about so many things and about so many other people.”
That statement is, indeed, very true. However, it’s so basic and simplistic that I fear some may not see the most obvious wisdom in his observation. His revelation states that we have more access to more information than anyone else in history has ever had. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re taking advantage of that splendid opportunity. I’m afraid we often take such privileges for granted and therefore forfeit the many benefits available to us.
For instance, in the 60s Canon introduced the “Pocketronic” calculator with a retail price of $345. Today, calculators are given away as a promotional item and taken for granted by most everyone. The average family has a calculator in most every room in their house. Again, the benefits are often overlooked. However, think about the time and energy we save by using this common example of technology.
I often compare the phenomenal benefits of using Google as opposed to having to scrutinize volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica or making a trip to the library for research purposes. The comparison is laughable.
However, Friedman’s assertion doesn’t mention the obvious fact that WE must close the Knowing-Doing Gap in order to benefit from the access to so much information in such a short period of time. True, the information is at our fingertips 24/7. The question is: are we taking advantage of this tremendous asset? Consider the many methods in which we can obtain information in today’s busy world — books, magazines, newspapers, radio, television, the Internet, newsletters, seminars, DVDs, CDs, video tapes, audio tapes, blogs, cell phones, classroom, conferences, seminars, mentors, and the list goes on.
The proper knowledge, utilized by individuals and organizations, can and does make the difference between success and failure every day. It’s become a true competitive edge for many and the decisive factor in various business challenges in today’s chaotic workplace.
Are YOU taking full advantage of the information available today? Are you aware of the many resources at your beck and call? For those who feel you simply don’t have the necessary time to investigate the possibilities for continuous and never-ending improvement … take Friedman’s tip as you focus on time management! Close that Knowing-Doing Gap!