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Knowledge for Knowledge’s Sake Is a Waste of Time

Are you an information junkie like me?

I confess, I’m a knowledge addict. I read books, magazine articles, numerous blogs, listen to podcasts and watch videos like a sponge hoping to soak up every pearl of wisdom that might make me happier, more successful, smarter, healthier, and calmer. OK, full-disclosure, wealthier too.

We can’t help it. I think we’re programmed that way, to be constantly seeking to improve ourselves. That isn’t a bad thing, unless we become obsessed with it.

The problem

The problem as my wise husband pointed out to me in a recent conversation, is that we keep seeking and acquiring the knowledge, but rarely do we actually apply it. Instead, we keep seeking more and more, until we have a wealth of knowledge, but nothing to show for it, other than a stack of books and some conversation starters.

Better solution

Better to acquire a bit of knowledge, a few tools, and one blinding flash of insight and put our effort into applying this new understanding to improve our lives right now. There will always be time to go back to knowledge seeking later.

As my husband so eloquently put it, “Stop preparing and practicing for the game, GET IN THE GAME.” Did I mention my husband is military? He would have made a great drill sergeant, don’t you think?

Since I am the writer in the family, I’ll put it this way:

The value of knowledge is not simply in the acquiring of it, but in the application of it and the effect it has on our lives and the lives of others.

Though I suspect my husband’s version may have more impact.

Your turn

What are your thoughts on this?

Are you a knowledge junkie too? Or maybe you’re on the other end, a forge ahead type who doesn’t bother looking for new knowledge? Maybe you’re one of the elite few, who’s more evolved than the rest of us and has already perfected this system?

Care to share?

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3 Responses to Knowledge for Knowledge’s Sake Is a Waste of Time

  1. B32464 June 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    yes, i think that knowledge is for the most part a waste of time. there are so many things that i read in books or on the web, ect. and there really is no practical use for most of it. it cannot be applied to task or accomplish anything.  it most often times just leaves me deppressed and more confused.

    • Royale Scuderi June 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      I hear you. I am often more overwhelmed than when I started. I’m an information junkie, but I’m trying to reform to save my sanity.


  2. Nick March 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    To achieve knowledge is ultimate goal for many. The application can be found later but the pursuit just comes from the urge to understand things in a better way. All the scientists we revere were in pursuits of knowledge and they discovered many phenomenon which were used later by many people to make the world better place. e;g Newton, Faraday, Einstein.

    The people who applied the laws and made something out of it gave them a concrete standing. I think most of the people fall under this category. They gain knowledge and they apply it to make the world a better place.

    So in nutshell basic science is 0 to 1 i.e giving birth to something that doesn’t exist. And application is 1 to many i.e taking an application from one field to many fields. Entrepreneurship may lie in the 1 to many state.

    Both are important and complimentary to each other.

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