You think that you know, but do you really know?
Let’s say you have some extra pounds on your body and you have read that to lose some weight you need to eat fewer quantities of carbohydrates with your meals. Intellectually you ‘know’ that this is possible, but until you practice it, you won’t experience it and you really ‘don’t know it.’ In that case, ‘knowing it’ does not help you in any way. In fact, because you think ‘you know’ this, you would tend to ignore it, or even worse, fail to consider or disregard this information the next time you read it.
Herein lies the troubling feature of today’s education. We are trained to gather and collect information. The more information we have, the ‘wiser’ we are. The problem is, you often see ‘walking encyclopedias’ with countless college degrees but many of these people are broke or unemployed.
The issue arises when people incorrectly use the word ‘know’.
“Saying you know something does not mean you do.” Andy Shaw
If you want to ensure you know something, be prepared to discover a whole process you will need to understand. It’s a four stages process; I consider it is vital to be able to recognize and practice these four phases. If you do, new knowledge will be engraved forever in your memory.
To really know or master the knowledge of any subject you will need:
1. To read it, see it or perceive it intellectually.
After you perceive something with the intellect, do you know it now? No! You only got it intellectually. It’s what I call ‘a glimpse.’ You would be able to describe it, repeat it somehow to someone. However, you may easily forget it later easily. It would be better to:
2. Read it, perceive it again and delve on it
I don’t know about you, but when I have the chance to see a film or read a book a second or a third time, it is easy to discover many aspects I missed the first time. Now, after you perceive it two or three times, let me ask you: Do you think you know it now? Well, you can describe it better, explain it in more detail, share it easier or even teach it. However, Do you know it? No! You may simply forget it as you abandon the lecture or leave it awhile later. Again it’s in your intellect on a temporary basis. If you want to know it, deeply you should:
3. Start practicing or use that knowledge.
The more we practice, teach, repeat something, the deeper it penetrates into our mind. Do you know it now? Of course, not! If you cease to practice it will eventually forget what you have learned. You will need a fourth level:
4. Make it a way of life. Live it! When it becomes a way of life, then you start knowing it.
All begins with repetition. As we repeat something, we discover new angles we never saw before. Try watching a movie, or read the same book several times. You will be amazed how many things and ideas have been overlooked and how many shades, and new angles you will discover.
For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by a true family sense and I was joyful. However, I never felt like I was the smartest guy on the planet and sometimes, I was at the bottom below the average in my class. That was horrible for me because the only thing that I was able to base my intelligence on was my grades in school.
Several years after, an old audio record attracted my attention in that home. The first time I heard it, its message made such an impact on me that I had to listen to it again and again. The more I listened to it, the more meaningful my life became. Some of my friends saw me playing and listening to this record several times, and obviously they were very curious. They wanted to know why I played it, again and again, day in and day out; first thing in the morning and first thing when I came home from school.
But I had to hear that message: ‘The Strangest Secret in the World” by Earl Nightingale. Then, my life was not the same anymore. Everything was brand new for me: new aspirations, new purposes, and new ideas. Then my grades were much better. I was always in the first pack all through high school. I knew I had ‘holes’ in my character yet, also knew I was talented in music and drawing and was great at connecting with people and memorizing things. So, I decided to let go of the things that I wasn’t great at all. I was giving my best in all things but in some areas, I was not much better. So, I let go of many areas I couldn’t go further, and I focused my energy towards what I was great at and put my best into that every single day. Finally, I found that by giving my best every single day of the things I loved, I was going to build momentum over time.
Then, I changed my study habits, and I began to think differently. My life was propelled to new heights. I faced some opposition because I started to charter a new course. Some thought I was rebellious to ‘the system,’ however I never challenged anyone and with a big smile on my face and a candid answer, I made steady progress through the different stages of my life with great success and happiness. Why? I could not explain why!
Many decades after, I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Proctor (Speaker and Author of many books on self-development). First virtually on the Internet, then in person at his excellent and provoking event called ‘Matrixx’ in Toronto, Canada. It was a life changing experience since then, and for the first time in my life, I learned why!!