Beware of unused knowledge

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Brian Kight

We now have more access than ever before. We consume more information and possess more knowledge than any people in history. Comparatively, we are privileged in the best sense of the word.

However, knowledge without application is the same as ignorance. The person who knows something but doesn’t apply it is no different than the person who doesn’t know it.

“I know I shouldn’t, but I still do.” is functionally the same as “I didn’t know.” There’s no practical difference between “I didn’t know” and “I know I should, but I don’t”. 

It’s not what you know that matters. It’s what you do with what you know.

I know things that I have little use or reason to apply: the number of feet in a mile, a group of hyenas is a cackle, the capital of Colombia is Bogota, and mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. You do, too.

Whether we apply any of this knowledge won’t have much effect on our lives.

But we also know more relevant things: losing weight requires a calorie deficit, alcohol destroys sleep quality, listening is the most important skill in any relationship, and delayed gratification is necessary to earn anything of lasting value.

Whether we apply this knowledge and how we apply it affects everything we value.

If we don’t use what we know, what’s the point of knowing it?

Brick by brick. Do the work.

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