SOLIDIFY YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Everyone wants to be knowledgeable or so we presume, in this knowledge based world. At least, it is a must as a ticket to a well paid job. The validation of the knowledge is left to the examination system & certification mechanisms for good or for bad, we are not sure of. The connect between the proclaimed knowledge, requirements & and its impact is more seen & felt by its absence. Nonetheless, there are time tested methods of self validation & improvement, a must for every professional in the present age; known as the age of learning. Knowledge sans assimilation & usage is no knowledge at all. Do we really know how much we know?
The validation & learning mechanism is very simple. Writing & Teaching. Clayton Christensen says about writing “I never know how little I know about something until I try to write cogently about it.” Lots of immensely critical references are made on a regular basis on our professionals inability to meet the standards. There has to be some truth in it. But for forced essays & the like, our so called educated class has not moved an inch. A highly literate society with a very stunted writing capabilities is an inherent contradiction we have to live with.
“And I never know how complicated a problem is until I try to distill & teach its essence to others in a simple way.” Says Christensen. This is kernel of teaching & any professional oral communication. Professional public speaking works completely on these principles. These were the two essential skills the famed Indian educational had set out to achieve, where, when & how it wandered, nobody knows . Reality check, the skill is missing.
In these two great elements; writing & teaching, is the hidden formula of assimilation of knowledge & consequent skills, vital for our very existence today. Self learning is the way forward.
THE SIMPLEST WAY TO KNOWLEDGE ASSIMILATION IS WRITING & TEACHING.