That’s it. That’s all I know.
Alright. That might not be entirely true, because I do know some stuff. I admit, I know as much as you, but about different things. Maybe I know a few things that you also know.
It all depends on what knowledge we have been pursuing isn’t it? Early on, I was interested in history, geography and cultures. I liked knowing more about how cultures and countries were created, where people live, how they live, what they eat, and what mattered to them.
My interest and knowledge began to converge towards individuality, behaviour and motivations as I started working and had opportunity to gain insight and experience regarding the achievement of goals, success, and failure. While some of my colleagues explored the strength and impact of sound policies, processes and risk management I was being pulled towards the ability to influence others through well crafted value propositions, and harnessing the benefits of emotional intelligence. Funny how life turns out that way…
By the time I hit my forties mix-life crisis like most of us, I was well into the exploration of life purpose and focusing on gaining greater insight and self knowledge. I have steadily cultivated and amassed knowledge on all of the above ever since, through travel, reading, coaching and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.
Have you ever thought about what you were most interested in as a child? Do you see a connection now with your occupation or main interests and what you were drawn to in your early years?
Our interests evolve as we do. I could tell you that it’s because we have the ability to constantly reinvent ourselves, and that we can be anything we want by simply intending and making it the object of our focus. Anyone who excels in their area of interest has gotten there through persistence, focus and a complete immersion and consumption of knowledge and practice that makes them supreme in their field. Athletes, successful business men, leading environmentalist, fitness gurus, spiritual leaders, chefs etc.
Our changing world has made it a lot easier for one to get knowledge now. Schools of higher learning make education available online now and you can work on getting a degree without even needing to be in the same city as the institution.
6 Benefits of Sharing Knowledge
- Promotes collaboration and helps build collective knowledge
- Leads to improved ways of doing things
- Contributes to a community and culture of learning
- Helps to retain knowledge
- Connects others to knowledge that they might not access easily
- Increases good feelings like giving, sharing, gratitude
Knowledge and expertise is now available through well branded in-depth educational articles, online books, podcast series, YouTube Master Classes and so forth. You can decide to educate yourself on any topic, and it can be done through self-learning.
It foretells of a world about to change dramatically regarding the survival of established educational institutions. Millions of dollars have been invested in property, infrastructure and their operating model rested on attracting, housing and managing thousands of students physically moving about their institution daily. The global COVID-19 pandemic pretty much accelerated what was looming on the horizon. Universities and colleges around the world had to pivot in order to survive, taking their product online and develop other revenue streams before their model collapsed entirely.
Speaking of institutions offering knowledge and learning, Have you noticed how Public Libraries have quietly adapted to their changing world in the last 10 years? When was the last time you checked out your local library? You might be surprised at the programs it offers now. Public librairies are fast becoming the new « community centre » of our town, and attracting citizens of all ages.
Online, in class, through books or Librairies… it’s just good practice to keep learning and sharing.