One of the beautiful things is the open availability of knowledge is that you can find the answer to almost any questions within minutes. By just doing a simple search, you are over whelmed with everyone and their brother trying to give you the answer. No matter what the issue is that you are dealing with, big or small, there is as close to a 100% chance that someone else has already experienced that situation. All of the answers you would ever need are right in front of you…Do you know where to find them?
During the World War, a Chicago news paper ran an article questioning Henry Ford’s intelligence because he was not formally educated. One of the biggest flaws in today’s education system is the way they teach students how to organize and use knowledge after they acquire it. If you have read the past blogs you will know that knowledge is NOTHING of value unless you take the correct action to produce results. When the Chicago paper printed that Ford was “an Ignorant Pacifist” Ford brought a Law Suit against the paper.
During the proceedings, the paper was so confidant in their statement that they brought Ford to the witness stand. They started to ask Ford many questions on history and philosophy. After the questions became a bit too much, Ford finally replies to an offensive question by saying, “If I should really WANT to answer the foolish question you have just asked, or any of the other questions you have been asking me, let me remind you that I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer ANY question I desire concerning the business to which I am devoting most of my efforts. Now, will you kindly tell me, WHY I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?”
Well needless to say that shut up the lawyer pretty quickly and everyone knew that this was not the answer of an ignorant man but a man of education. There is no reason to need to know the answer to everything, all you need to know is where to get the answer.
Remember there are two ways to learn. 1)Trial and Error or 2) Borrow Experiences. The answer is out there for every issue, you just need to find it. You can find it by the first way of learning which could take a lifetime to come to an answer or you can take the second route and borrow the knowledge of someone else to come to an answer.
By finding a book on that topic or finding a mentor who has already experienced that issue, you will be able to find the answer much easier and faster than just trying to figure it out on your own. Too many times, the $500 Millionaire sees people with huge potential, literally waste their time on trying to figure the answer rather than just finding it.
As always, the $500 Millionaire believes the most valuable thing in life is time itself. It is the one and ONLY thing in this world that you can not get more of. By humbling yourself and learning from others success and mistakes, your life will be much easier and you will not waste much time.
Remember, it is better to know where to get the answer than to clutter your brain with the answers. Surround yourself with people who can answer your questions