The path to power is not knowledge, but of action


It has been taught by many that Knowledge is power.  I disagree.  The power does not come from our knowledge but by our application of the knowledge we have attained. Knowledge alone is useless.  As we increase our knowledge, we increase our abilities to effectively put to use that which we have learned.  Failure to apply action to any knowledge renders it ineffective.

I have known many people throughout my life who are book smart, those whom have amassed tremendous amounts of knowledge in their lives.  They are full of facts and knowledge and understanding yet have done nothing with that which they have spent a lifetime learning.  They are powerless and ineffective in most areas of their life.  While seeking knowledge, they never learned to apply that knowledge.

Conversely, I have known some extremely influential and powerful individuals who when compared to the above group are less knowledgeable than others in many areas yet are masters at applying the knowledge they have attained.  They have put into action the things they have learned and in the process become extremely successful.  These individuals are the ones considered wise and are often sought after for advice and their opinions.  The learned may know many more things, yet those whom apply their knowledge are considered the wisest.

The pathway to creating power from our knowledge requires action on our part.    Failure to act negates all knowledge we attain.


“He who knows not and knows not he knows not, he is a fool—shun him;
He who knows not and knows he knows not, he is simple—teach him;
He who knows and knows not he knows, he is asleep—wake him;
He who knows and knows he knows, he is wise—follow him!”
        Lady Burton

4 thoughts on “The path to power is not knowledge, but of action

  1. Superb post! Knowledge gained from failure, trial-and-error, and an endless desire to know more, learned and applied . . . that is the greatest power in the world. The rest are “learned” fools. Peace . . .


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