Knowledge doesn’t create power. So what does?

Joe DiMaggioSo often I hear repeated, Francis Bacon’s, saying that “Knowledge is power”. Although I know what he meant by this – that knowledge is important and can create power I don’t believe knowledge per se equals power.

It’s how we use that knowledge that counts and which differentiates people and their achievements.

I think that Confucius was nearer the mark when he said “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance’. For through such self awareness you can strategise how to progress. For it is doing something, (anything is better than nothing!) which is important. How many people do you know who thought or read themselves to power?

Taking decisive action is crucial.

You can know what you want. You can even have a plan. Yet until you act you have achieved nothing. All achievers have one thing in common. They took action rather than procrastinated. (Not all of them knew exactly what they were going to do at each step of the way.)

So good if you know what you want to achieve, how to achieve it and why you want it. That’s a great position to be in – but until you take the first step it means nothing!

As Joe DiMaggio put it: “If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen.”

So what are you committed to taking action on today?