Knowledge is the key to success. Whether it is from high school, college, job experience or even from a real life experience, all are stepping stones to developing a well-rounded understanding of the real world. This understanding has an impact on how smoothly one can traverse through the path to his/her destination.
Knowledge is understanding and awareness of something. It refers to the information, facts, skills, and wisdom acquired through learning and experiences in life. Knowledge is a very wide concept and has no end. Acquiring knowledge involves cognitive processes, communication, perception, and logic. It is also the human capacity to recognise and accept the truth. Knowledge can be used for positive as well as negative purposes. Thus knowledge can create and destroy at the same time. One may use knowledge for personal progress as well as the progress of the community, city, state, and nation. Some may use it for negative purposes that may not only harm individuals but can also harm the community.
In today’s world without education and the power of knowledge, it is not possible to succeed or even keep up with the fast-paced life. It is not just enough to have knowledge on a particular subject; it is also important to have knowledge about how to use it effectively to succeed. One should have knowledge about various aspects of a subject.
Knowledge can last for a lifetime and it impacts our growth which influences everything in our life from relationships to work. We can gain knowledge on everything that we find interesting like any dance form, art, architecture, history or just about anything for our personal development. It makes us wise enough to independently make decisions in life. But it is important to adopt a positive mindset to become a constant learner.
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Knowledge solves problems. It sharpens our skills like reasoning and problem-solving. A strong base of knowledge helps brains function more smoothly and effectively. We become smarter with the power of knowledge and solve problems more easily. For example, if I have to buy air tickets online, I need to have knowledge about the various sites and their discounts, their terms & conditions or like online banking. If I don’t have knowledge then I end up paying more. So gaining knowledge is a constant process and is useful every day.
Be open-minded; we always learn something new by building on the knowledge that we have. We must always be open to accepting knowledge or information from anywhere we get. It may be from books, virtual media, friends, etc. To move on from one step to another, we need to know more. Like in school, we start from LKG, KG and then move on to 1st standard, 2nd standard and so on. It builds a strong base.
Shared knowledge allows you to communicate. Through communication, we get new ideas, facts and develop our knowledge. Watch documentaries or educational videos that keep you engaged. If you don’t like reading, this is an excellent alternative to getting your daily dose of knowledge while still relaxing on your couch.
The more knowledge we have the more power we possess. It is important for our personal and professional development and leads us to achieve success in life. Knowledge helps us in several ways but the best part is that it helps us understand ourselves as well as those around us better.
Muhammad Goni Bulama is of the Mass Communication Department, Borno State University