Knowledge is the most important aspect in life, intelligence can get you to certain points, but to get further and above your peers, you need to turn that intelligence into a wealth of knowledge and experience which will leave you one cut above the rest.
Defining the Facts
Intelligence – The ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
Knowledge – Information and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
Explaining the Facts
Knowledge and intelligence can be the greatest mixture in the world, if you have the knowhow and the intelligence to put that knowhow into practice then you are clearly a person who can achieve anything which they want to, given that you are in the correct market. Having the intelligence, yet no practical engagement of it will leave you behind, as we often see with the people who excel at school and university and then can’t put any of it into practice when they come out the other side of the system.
Having the knowledge and no intelligence will get you a long way, but then when it comes to quickly having to pick up information, it will be harder. Of course intelligence is something which is a lot harder to gain when growing older in this world, with many saying you can’t get more intelligent. I like to think we can – but we shall leave the theory behind the matter to the people with that sort of knowledge – so in many ways it may be a dead end for some, never let your glass half empty approach let you believe your aren’t clever enough though!
Therefore from all of this, we can see that the only way to truly beat your opposition and achieve your goals is to have the willingness to learn and then put this into practice by always making sure you are gaining new knowledge.
How to Gain New Knowledge
We could now go through all the different ways to gain knowledge, but let’s keep this short and then include sub categories.
There are two types of learning… Looking and listening.
Just think of crossing the road, the only information you can learn is; if there is a car coming, how fast it is approaching, and which direction it is coming. You can see and/or hear all of these.
Time now to go over the ways I learn all day long, remember do give yourself breaks or you will have knowledge going in one side and out the other side.
Ways to Learn Through Looking
- Watch peers in what they do, even if it is watching something you know how to do, you will often find a better more efficient way of carrying out the task.
- Watch TV/Films. Many seem to think this is entertainment and therefore doesn’t count, but watching even the basic of television programmes will allow you to see what other people do, how other people think and, well, there are always snippets of information which you may not know yet.
- Watch people who are under you. They could be doing something differently which you may not be, or most importantly you can see how others use knowledge, then use that knowledge better than them to delegate and use them (in the nicest way possible, may I add)
- Watch what you do and do it better.
- Read. Whether it is books, blogs, newspapers or general scribble on a toilet door, all this information is
Ways to Learn Through Listening
- Podcasts. There are so many great podcasts out there, and the bets bit is that you can listen to these whenever you want. I listen to mine whilst at the desk at work, meaning that I am learning and doing productive things on screen, but and taking in even more knowledge off-screen.
- Music. I gain knowledge from music as the words inspire me quite a lot.
- Peers. Once again, listen to peers and people around you to get all the knowledge you need.
I try and gain knowledge from about 8am to 10pm each day, it wears me out sometimes, but it is important I get it now so I can concentrate on the doing later on.
Please leave your knowledge gaining tips and tricks below.