In his book The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown writes “The power of human thought grows exponentially with the number of minds that share that thought.” Your chances for success are greatly improved by how you gain and use knowledge. But what exactly is knowledge? And how does it impact your success? To help answer these questions I want to introduce you to the knowledge spectrum. Knowledge is information that has been processed and compartmentalized for current or future application. Information is gained through two primary pathways. It is also exchanged through two primary pathways. These pathways create the knowledge spectrum.
Let’s take a look at how information, the foundation of knowledge, is first gained. Information that is not known to self, but is known by others creates a learning opportunity. In a learning opportunity information is exchanged, processed, and compartmentalized. Knowledge that is not known to self and not known to others creates a discovery opportunity. A discovery opportunity is where you test unrelated ideas and information collectively to develop something that never before existed. The processing and compartmentalization of that information becomes knowledge.
To improve your chances for success, you need to be able to gain information. Whether through the learning or discovery opportunity, you have to be teachable. Being able to learn and being teachable is two entirely different mindsets. Learning typically comes from the gathering of superfluous information that we associate to some level of present or future value. Information that lacks this connection for us is usually discarded as having no value. Have you ever met a person and within two minutes of leaving his or her presence, forgot his or her name? If that person was perceived by you to hold a present of future value, you are more likely to remember his or her name. How many of us would forget the name of someone who provided unequaled value to our lives?
The other side of the spectrum is where you exchange knowledge. Information that is known to self and that is known to others is referred to as common knowledge. Common knowledge used in uncommon ways creates additional discovery opportunities. Information that is known to self and that is not known to others creates teaching opportunities. Your teaching opportunities become both another person’s learning opportunity and another opportunity for you to learn as well. How you gain, process, and compartmentalize information becomes a tool for your success. How you exchange that information, now known as knowledge, has a direct relationship to your success.
Knowledge used strictly for self-gain eventually profits no one. Knowledge used for self-gains and for the gains of others produces a network of success. Knowledge creates opportunity and when opportunity meets ability, success is not only possible, it is also highly probable. Understanding the knowledge spectrum will give you the proper perspective when you are faced with challenging situations. When faced with a problem, a difficult decision, or other challenging situations, having the proper mindset can result in you ultimately overcoming the circumstances and achieving success. Seeing your life in these four quadrants will produce in you the proper mindset for solving problems.
Remember, knowledge is raw information that has been processed and compartmentalized for current or future use. Understanding how knowledge is gained and exchanged develops in you the proper mindset for solving problems. Knowledge used strictly for self-gain eventually profits no one, but knowledge used for self-gains and the gains of others builds a network of success. Understanding where you fall on the knowledge spectrum when facing difficulties or decisions will provide you with the correct mindset to overcome the adversity.
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