Think & Grow Rich Lessons
John Smith Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK

Posted: 2017-09-05

Chapter 5 - Specialized knowledge.

 

Early in this chapter Hill tells us “KNOWLEDGE will not attract money, unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical PLANS OF ACTION, to the DEFINITE END of accumulation of money”, and that “Lack of understanding of this fact has been the source of confusion to millions of people who falsely believe that “knowledge is power.” It is nothing of the sort! Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end”.

This “missing link” in all systems of education known to civilization today, may be found in the failure of educational institutions to teach their students HOW TO ORGANIZE AND USE KNOWLEDGE AFTER THEY ACQUIRE IT.

From choice, both our son and daughter are presently attending University, one is a 1st. year Physics student, the other in the 3rd. year of his Geography degree. Both have read this chapter and have realized that only when completing their thesis are they expected to demonstrate the ability to organize and use the knowledge they have accumulated, with the other two and three years being spent accumulating general knowledge on a specific subject and gathering debts which it could take many years to clear.

While not wanting to diminish in any way the efforts and achievements of the millions who choose to follow that path every year, given the high debt levels most Graduates leave University with along with the latest UK statistics showing that three years after obtaining their degree, only around 5% are in posts in any way relevant to their degree, we surely must question whether our educators are teaching the right life skills?

Should they perhaps focus more on offering the type of skills the leaders and mentors at Mentoring for Free teach, such as, how to think, not what to think and how to apply learnt skills and turn them into action plans with the help of the Mastermind Group?

Given all business requires a good understanding of the different personalities and how to get the best from each, perhaps time spent learning the personality Colours would better prepare students for life in the real world?

John Smith.

Gloucester UK