We have all the knowledge we could ever want at our finger tips and yet there are so many people that are not successful. So why with all the knowledge available to us do so many people not succeed? Knowledge and learning are great but very rarely is it the knowledge and knowing what to do that is holding you back from success.
Let’s imagine you had a bucket but every time you filled the bucket 90% of the water leaked out. You likely would not fill the bucket until the leak is fixed. Think of your learning in the same way, it is like filling a bucket where 90% of that knowledge leaks out. When you learn but don’t apply only about 10% of that knowledge is retained after 24 hours. Unless you take action you are losing about 90% of what you learned.
Knowledge is great but you are wasting your time if you are acquiring it but using very little of it. If you check out the image below from the National Training Laboratories you can see we retain most of what we learn by putting it into action through practicing it and teaching it.
While knowledge is power it is completely useless without action. So instead of diving into more learning decide if what you are about to learn will help with your goals or what you are currently focused on. If not then you know you can skip it. If the learning is something that can help you think about if this is something you will be able to immediately put into action (within the next 24-48 hours). If not you may opt to skip it because as we learned most likely you won’t remember it anyway and it will be a waste of your time.
I love how Norman Vincent Peale says it, “Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.”