Jim Rohn once said, “Don’t let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action.” Ever since I was a young kid, I used to be so inquisitive. I used to ask my Mom why everything around me was the way it was, why things happened the way they did. I wanted answers. I liked to know the mechanics behind something and the reason for it. I used to break all of my toys to see what was inside and how they worked. I would usually have the intention of putting them back together, but almost always couldn’t. My Mom recalls one time when I looked up at her and said, “Mom, why is the sky blue?” Now, this was at about 3 years old. I mean, I hadn’t even been talking but for about 2 years and I was already questioning why the heavens looked the way they did.
I was once told by a very wise man that “knowledge is good, but in the end doesn’t amount to anything.” Literally, knowing something (or everything) will never produce one single result, be it good or bad. “What produces a result,” he said “was Action.” Action is the predecessor and the beginning of all accomplishment. Of course thought is needed, and in fact necessary, to act as a zero point from which all things emerge. But the fact remains, you have to physically do something, to get something done.
As it relates to personal development and growth, action is what turns that wish, that dream, that aspiration, into a reality. If your life doesn’t change as a result of your learning, you’re being faced with one of three options: You’re too impatient and not giving your plan enough time and attention; you’re spending too much of your time focusing on the wrong areas; or you’re not applying what you learn. A lot of the time, the third reason is usually the case.
Jesus was a great example of someone who took action, that practiced what he preached (pun intended). He led by example, and would usually only give an explanation or do the teaching after the fact.
What are the fruits of your thoughts and knowledge? Are you becoming what you say you want to become? Are you completing those things that you begin? Are you actually applying the words that you read in a book or see and hear on television? I’m sure this would be relevant to just about everybody on this planet. I’m sure the answer would be no to just about everybody on this planet.
Take all the knowledge you acquire and do something with it. Make it count. If it is being absorbed only to one day fall away with the memory loss that comes to all of us with old age, then why would you waste your precious life to learn it in the first place?