If someone is like me and loves to learn about everything that turns his curiosity on, you’ll soon find that knowledge is infinite and that your life is too short to learn everything you want in this wonderful world we live in!
This sounds really dramatic but, like everything else, there is a reverse of the medal. If, in one hand, you may get “frustrated” by understanding the infinity of knowledge, on the other, you’ll get extremely happy because you also found that the source of knowledge will never run out of content for you to learn, as long as you live! Wow!
So, what shall one do?
If you are like me and have reviewed yourself on these first paragraphs, you will, like me, never be happy with what you know, so you’ll never sit on the shadow of a palm tree, waiting for the time to pass until you die. No, no, no!
On the contrary! You will find ways to accelerate how you can absorb knowledge and ways to filter the information you read, search, visualize, ear, feel, etc. You will find ways to learn, informally, knowledge from many sources, so many sources that the only way you can prove – if ever needed – that you have the knowledge, is by using it. In most of the cases no one is fast enough, competent enough or enough whatever to attribute you a Certificate.
But, in our business life, maybe someone you are proposing to work for, working for or working with, may ask for your Certificate. It happens! I know! Some people value the Certificate, not the knowledge in itself. And it may also be used in advance, as most people cannot and will not pay you in advance just because you say you are competent in whatever area of knowledge.
So, what shall one do?
Find a course that aggregates some of the knowledge you have acquired and invest some time doing it, studying and obtaining a Certificate. It is probable that your knowledge, on that field, is wider than what is certified. Don’t care, no one will! You know what you know and now you can prove it in advance. When you’re done, find another course, for a different area of knowledge, and repeat the process.
And… be amazed. You know a lot, but nevertheless you will learn something new. Maybe, in some cases, a lot of new information or, at least, some new perspectives! Learning is always fun and useful for us!
Never stop studying, never stop learning!
This is an amazing, wonderful world!
Daniel Lança Perdigão, Strategist and Visual Thinker @ UpSideUp.pt