Knowledge or Wisdom?

Is There Value in Knowledge?

Obviously this question is a little bit tongue in cheek. Of course knowledge has value, if for no other reason than it broadens our thinking. But, that is of somewhat limited value. Let me explain. You should be encouraged to pursue knowledge. You’ve probably heard it said that everybody should be a life-long learner. It is sad that so many do not continue to learn. I have read that a little over 30% of high school graduates never read another book after high school and around 40% of college graduates never read another book after graduating from college. These are statistics on the U.S. population and obviously are not completely accurate. Regardless, they sadly indicate a serious problem.

Continue to Learn – Really

There is no doubt that those who deliberately continue to learn have a distinct advantage over those who don’t. Learning can be by reading, taking classes, participating in various groups and organizations, and a host of other ways. The point is, keep learning.

the learner

What about Wisdom?

No matter how much we know, that knowledge is of limited value if we cannot make productive use of it. The Christian speaker Beth Moore offers a simple definition of wisdom, “Wisdom is knowledge applied.” She then amplifies this by adding, “Head knowledge is useless on the battlefield. Knowledge stamped on the heart makes one wise.” In other words, once the knowledge has become a part of who we are (i.e. stamped on our heart) we are entering the realm of knowledge where we can take that head knowledge and apply it to day-to-day life.

The Bottom Line

There is a noticeable difference between someone who has a lot of knowledge and someone who has processed that knowledge and embraced it. The first person seems intelligence, but over time there is something missing. The second type person adds value by applying their knowledge. So, yes continue to learn, but take the time to process what you learn in order to increase your wisdom. Move from being just a pursuer of knowledge to a person of wisdom.


What about you and others in your company? Are you just soaking up knowledge and never taking the time to make it a part of you. If that is the case, your ability to apply that knowledge wisely will be seriously impacted.

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