Aricka Johnson London, KY, United States
This particular chapter has too many take-a-ways than can be fully expressed. It is vital important to understand that knowledge itself does very little to help anyone. Knowledge only becomes useful and valuable when the owner of it actually implements that knowledge in specific and directed ways. Just as an sailor uses a map AND a compass to reach a PRE-DETERMINED destination, we too must implement both our own knowledge, as well as the knowledge of other individuals, and establish a pre-determined plan of action.
Truly educated people are developed from within, and interestingly one can, in most cases, determine the financial health of an individual by how the individual is around other people, especially those who are more financially healthier and better off. The hallmark of educated persons is that they are able to take possession of their own minds and direct it's energy and intention to a specific cause or end. They also are not concerned with lower vibrational thought tendencies.
In society, we see that everyone is out to gain as much knowledge as possible. And the most interesting observation is that those with "a lot of knowledge," oftentimes don't really have much if any real comprehension of what they know, nor do they have any ability to direct that knowledge to a specific course or goal and follow it through to completion. Merely acquiring knowledge is of little benefit. The example of Henry Ford is a outstanding realization of this fact.
While it may be argued how important it truly is to have specific knowledge at all, the most valuable thing a person can do, in my most personal opinion, is to develop one's communication skills so as to engage with others to increase our connections and networks. By learning how to ask better questions, the better we are able to obtain higher quality answers from people "smarter" than us.
Which establishes the foundation for the understanding that we personally do not "need" to know anything at all about whatever we wish to do. While having some knowledge may definitely help, understanding that we can benefit from other people's knowledge if we know how to direct that knowledge in a specific direction, is rather empowering to say the least.
A second important take-a-way is that in order to truly benefit, we must take an accurate appraisal of ourselves. Only by doing this are we able to come to know and avoid our own mental biases, as well as come to understanding exactly what areas we are lacking so that we may fill them in some way. This is of utmost importance because, our "natural" tendency is to BS ourselves into thinking we know it all and don't require anything at all - that all is fine and nothing needs improved or adjusted. And this, we know, is never the case. There will always be something we can improve or do better.
Arguably, the most important take-a-way we can glean from this chapter is that habits either make us or break us. We must realize that if we are not successful, or as successful as we could be, it is usually because of our habits. Successful people have specific habits that allowed them to get were they are. The same can be said of those who are financially unhealthy. To improve, in any area of life, one must develop the habits that will allow for such improvement.
At the end of the day, it truly comes down to our priorities. Developing better habits that serve us takes time and effort. The time, however, is readily found when we take into account how much time we spend on various meaningless activities, such as browsing social media, watching TV, or even sleeping more than what is necessary, among various other meaningless activities. And our habits dictate how our day pans out.
Thank you, Michael Dlouhy, so much for putting in the time and resources to keep this site running so that we are able to gather together with like minded persons and also learn while we earn. Thank you again for reading my lesson input. You truly are awesome. :)
Christina M Allen