In this Internet age people often say that unique, individual knowledge does not exist any more because everything is accessible on the Internet. It’s not – and here’s why.
Information Vs. Knowledge
Most of what you will find online is information, facts rather than knowledge.
Knowledge is the processing of information and putting it all together. Each person has a unique set of life experiences. Each one of us has learned different things. So each one of us has a unique perspective on life, unique knowledge.
All Human Knowledge
Humans have progressed because we have found ways of passing on our knowledge.
If each generation had to learn everything from scratch we would still be living in caves and gathering berries for food.
The sum of all human knowledge has increased with every generation since the year dot.
Fathers passed on their knowledge in a trade to their sons. Mothers passed on knowledge about child-rearing to their daughters.
Nowadays we transfer information in schools and colleges. Understanding comes to students many years after formal education is finished. It takes years of experience before the facts we learn gain some context and become individual knowledge.
Your Individual Knowledge
I am an individual, so are you. We each have our own unique set of life experiences, so the knowledge that each of us has is unique. Some of that unique knowledge could be very useful to other people.
Are you going to let your unique insights and knowledge die when you die, or are you going to pass them on?
If you fail to pass on your unique and individual knowledge are you failing in your duty to mankind? It might be 100 years before your knowledge is rediscovered. It might never be rediscovered.
How Do You Pass On Your Unique Knowledge
You talk to people. You write it down or talk to as many people as you can about the important unique insights that you have gained in your life.
In these Internet days it is easier than ever to pass on your knowledge. You no longer need to find a publisher for your book or autobiography.
You can set up a website on Blogger.com for free. Some people will find it and read it even if you do nothing else. You can talk to people in forums. You can use Facebook and other social media sites to spread your individual knowledge far and wide.
It’s like a sycamore tree. Each year the tree produces millions of seeds, but only a few live to maturity. Otherwise the world would be over-run with sycamore trees.
You need to work hard to spread your special knowledge to as many people as possible. Most of them will never use it or pass it on any further. The few who do pass it on are the important ones. They give you a kind of immortality.
What’s the Point?
Apart from your duty to humanity to pass on your knowledge you might even make a bit of money, without even trying.
- You spend the time gaining and spreading your knowledge in forums and on your website or in ebooks
- Your reputation with your readers grows
- Some of your readers talk to you and become contacts
- Some of your contacts will pay you for your ideas
Time – Knowledge – Reputation – Contacts – Money
It’s the 5 Currencies again.