Generally speaking, there are only two basic categories of knowledge in existence. The one is general knowledge, and the other is specialized knowledge.
- General knowledge - no matter how extensive in quantity and/or comprehensive in variety it may be - is of limited use in either obtaining or achieving success (i.e. troubleshooting and solving of problems). The many different faculties at "acclaimed" universities, "best" colleges and "outstanding" schools - all put together - practically possess every form of general knowledge presently known to man. However, the majority of teachers, lecturers and professors have little or no practical successes, mainly because they specialize in teaching knowledge, and they do not focus - let alone specialize - in the collection, processing, organization, use and "reality" application of knowledge within a specific context.
- Specialized knowledge - on the other hand - can be regarded as filtered, processed and applied "general knowledge". Specialized knowledge in essence is the ability to identify a problem or obstacle (i.e. unproductive event or circumstances), collecting of data and processing all relevant information; which surface as the ability to understand "problem" dynamics within context and the competency to organize, structure, apply and use obtained knowledge productively to initiate effective problem-solution strategies.
- Determine the purpose, use and application for which you want to use the knowledge you are seeking to obtain,
- Decide where this kind of knowledge can be best obtained from,
- Identify the most reliable resources for the knowledge that you are seeking, ...and
- Establish WHY this particular source of knowledge can be regarded as a reliable resource?
Successful individuals (i.e. productive individuals), in all callings and walks of life, never stop to acquiring, refine and continuously tweak their specialized knowledge as related to their primary purpose in life, career, business or profession. Therefore, specialized knowledge isn't only a way of dealing with data, information and problems on occasion. As a matter of fact, specialized knowledge is a way of life (a habit) and the manner in which an individual characteristically deals with life's many up's and down's on a regular basis (i.e. characteristically).
Those individuals who are not successful (i.e. unproductive individuals), usually make the monumental mistake of believing that the period for acquiring, calibrating and tweaking knowledge has an expiry date and ends at a certain stage, e.g. when s/he finished school, college or varsity. The uncomfortable truth is... formal schooling, education and training does little more than to place an individual in the habit of memorizing "a particular prescribed set of knowledge" (i.e. curriculum) for "solving" a given set of problems, frequently presented in the format of a test or exam, with a fix memorandum (i.e. right / correct & wrong / incorrect answers to problems).
This present educational and/or training methodology to "educate" individuals, worked well during the industrial age of mankind, primarily because solutions to "problems" was predictable and nicely packaged. But in modern times... characterized by rapid technological developments, change and uncertainty ...this approach to "educate people" should be merely regarded as a starting point to sharpen, refine and acquire specialized knowledge. Unfortunately, the true benefit and authentic advantage of specialized knowledge, namely the ability to troubleshoot efficiently (i.e. real mastery), is - at its very best - only 10% to 15% of any curriculum followed at any school, university, institution, college or any place of learning.
Sadly though - due to the toxic educational / training residue of an outdated industrial era - the majority of curricula followed by many most modern day educational and learning institutions are primarily geared towards educating learners to obtain excellent "test/exam scores" (i.e. an academic and scientific determined monkey-see-monkey-do capability), and not to apply acquired knowledge to effectively deal with the challenges of change, to troubleshoot obstacles and problems with the intention to unravel possible or alternative solutions that aims at initiating, implementing and carrying through with problems corrective strategies.
A colossal educational-training mistake presently cultivated by many educational and training institutions (inclusive of parenting) is that we are in the habit to... provide our children / learners with answers to memorise and remember, RATHER than to deliberately expose them to problems that they should explore and solve.
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Specialized Knowledge in Action!