The Wisdom Equation: Applied Knowledge + Common Sense



Article By: Darlene Dunn
Photo Credit: Dasha & Mari
Magazine: Issue #28

We have all had to deal with that customer, coach or consultant that had knowledge from a book but was clueless on how to implement it or help you implement it. We have all also had to deal with those who we just had to ‘smack our head’ and wonder how they made it to whatever age they were. If we are honest with ourselves, we too have also been the people in the above statement. So, how do we grow so we are not that person anymore?

The first step is to convert your knowledge into applied knowledge. Have you attended a seminar or read a book and thought that the information was great but that was as far as you got? You just wasted your time and money- knowledge is useless if you don’t apply it. My challenge to you is to choose 1-2 items that you learned from your last seminar and apply them in your life and business….not tomorrow or the next day, but NOW. Once you integrate those choices, pick some other things you learned and continue this process to expand your applied knowledge base. If you do not do this, then all the money you spent on seminars, trainings and books is not an investment, it is a waste.   Don’t fret, you can turn that knowledge into something valuable by starting to think differently and apply what you learned.

The second step is common sense. You may think if you aren’t born with it, you don’t have it! That is a lie! In today’s day world most follow the crowd, in other words, there are a ton of sheeple out there! Don’t despair, you can learn common sense- it is otherwise known as thinking for yourself and critical thinking. There are resources to help you learn how to use critical thinking- books and you tube videos are easily accessible. Take some time to gain the knowledge- and then APPLY IT!!!  The next time someone takes a stance on something- don’t automatically agree- ask questions, do research and form your very own opinion. I know, novel idea, right? The world needs more independent thinkers that aren’t afraid to apply what they have learned.

Once you begin this process, you will be amazed that people will want to know how you became so smart and wise. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” – Aristotle

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