I recently read a flyer from "Rich Dad" Robert T. Kiyosaki which said: "Before you invest in something, (first) invest the time to understand it."
This got me thinking about the saying "Knowledge is power." Is knowledge really power, or are there implied concepts missing from this equation?
Here is what the American dictionary says about "knowledge" and "power":
1. The state or fact of knowing.
2. Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study.
3. The sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned.
4. Learning; erudition: teachers of great knowledge.
5. Specific information about something.
1. The ability or capacity to perform or act effectively.
2. A specific capacity, faculty, or aptitude. Often used in the plural: her powers of concentration.
3. Strength or force executed or capable of being executed; might.
4. The ability or official capacity to exercise control; authority.
5. A person, group, or nation having great influence or control over others: the western powers.
6. The might of a nation, political organization, or similar group.
7. Forcefulness; effectiveness: a novel of unusual power.
This research shows that the meaning of "knowledge is power" is often diluted.
There is, in my opinion, something missing from these definitions of "knowledge", especially when this word is connected to the other noun, "power". I think the word "correct" or "accurate" or "applicable" or "timely" should always precede "knowledge" when used in the saying "knowledge is power".
Next, I think there is something missing in the second part of the saying. It takes action to make the equation really describe the purpose of the man who wrote it.
My new definition of this saying is now: "Timely knowledge must be acted up in order to be converted into power."
How can one use this information?
Well, the first thing is to be aware that knowledge, which is not put into action or acted upon, is almost worthless; it becomes stored energy or power that may not be worth anything tomorrow. Like a battery that one buys and puts in a drawer for years, it will lose some of its energy or its power.
The second thing to be aware of, is that you must have the correct knowledge, (based on real hard data where possible), before you act. Otherwise, if one acts on false or incorrect data, the results may be worse than doing nothing.
So my "Tip" is to get as many of accurate facts (knowledge) before you try and use this force (knowledge) to try and do anything new. Then, you must take the correct action to make sure that you are converting your knowledge to power. This holds true for most anything that you are considering doing.