5 Reasons why knowledge is truly power
- June 22, 2021
- Posted by: Fanalyst Academy
- Category: Insights
The saying knowledge is power truly holds water. You will agree if you have ever fallen at a disadvantage or gained an advantage due to having a certain knowledge or lacking in a certain knowledge. You will particularly agree if you have ever experienced more progress than your counterparts due to your possession of a knowledge they didn’t possess.
Let’s assume a classroom setting; a teacher is expected to be equipped with sufficient knowledge on what he or she teaches so as to assume the position of the class leader.That is to be listened to and followed. What if reverse is the case? Assuming the teacher doesn’t have sufficient knowledge on what he or she teaches and unfortunately for the teacher, a student in the class happens to be sufficiently equipped with knowledge on the topic of discussion for the day. Now if the teacher and student should engage in a debate, the student will definitely gain points, thereby taking the lead and having the teacher follow.
Knowledge being power is evident in the general context of life; in politics, business, academics and societies. Well, let’s look at reasons why knowledge is really powerful:
Knowledge kills fear
A soldier that knows the terrain of a battleground is likely to be less afraid than one that is new to the terrain. Knowing of or about a place, situation or person has a way of killing apprehension or anxiety commonly associated with lack of knowledge. Having prior knowledge or been quite knowledgeable about something keeps you at ease, gives you confidence and a sense of being in control.
A businessman that knows about a business isn’t afraid to invest while a businessman without knowledge of the said business will be apprehensive and hesitant.
Knowledge begets meaningful communication
You can’t render meaningful communication if you possess no knowledge on a subject matter. Imagine an artiste without a background or affiliation with medicine trying to communicate the science of the human nervous system to an audience of medical intellectuals. It will be a disaster. In fact, such an artiste will end up making a fool of himself.
Now, imagine the confidence a medical scientist will exude as well as the admiration he will evoke when he stands to communicate the science of the human nervous system to an audience of medical intellectuals. Likewise, the artiste will exude confidence and awe when he communicates to an audience of artiste. The point is you only communicate effectively and command attentiveness when you posses a given knowledge.
Knowledge makes decision-making easy
Knowledge allows for ease in decision making as compared to a lack of knowledge. An army general will easily decide on a strategy if he knows a terrain well. Whatever risk he takes will be calculated and the likelihood of winning a battle will he high. On the other hand, an army general plotting to fight a battle on an unfamiliar terrain will find it hard to decide on which strategy to adopt. The hope of winning the battle will be faint.
With a given knowledge comes confidence and ease in making decisions. Knowledgemakes decision manageable as you will be able to weigh pros and cons and forecast possible outcomes.
Knowledge is a motivator
With knowledge comes confidence then motivation follows. A soldier that knows a terrain well is confident he will win and motivated to go to battle. It is only natural to feel motivated if you are equipped with adequate information on an undertaking as compared to the reluctance and fear you will feel when you have to venture into something you have little or no knowledge about.
The saying be prepared when opportunity comes knocking is tied to knowledge. It only takes a knowledgeable person to recognise a given opportunity and grab it. Also, only a knowledgeable person will be given an opportunity to take charge of an affair that requires the knowledge the person in question possesses.
In a given life endeavour, one can miss opportunities when onedoesn’t understand thatgiven endeavour fully. However, when oneis knowledgeable about a given endeavour, one can easily spotopportunities to learn more, to be better, and to achieve more.
In a fast-paced world where things keep advancing, the need to constantly feed your mind with as much information as you can reach is paramount. This gives you an edge in a competitive world, boosts your confidence and gives you power!