Wanting More: Knowledge is Power (Part 1)

This is the first of a three part series geared towards utilizing knowledge in a way that is individually empowering and beneficial for others.  This particular series will be a small part of an untitled book that my brother and I will be working on throughout the next few months.

Knowledge is Power will consist of the following pieces:

Of course everyone knows the cheesy, played-out “Knowledge is Power” quote.  Knowledge serves as a barrier;  a barrier that prevents individuals from progression in a specific area of thought or action.  I have always been one of those people that sort of  possess a natural ability to pickup a number of different tasks with relative ease. This included school, athletics, jobs — you name it and I pretty much brisked through it.

The downside of having the ability is that I suffer from what seems like chronic-boredom.  Unmotivated to take on most tasks assigned to me because they are unfulfilling towards my desire to be challenged.  It is a continuous issue that I deal with on a day-to-day basis, but one that has become easier to cope with over time. More recently I have been able to reinvigorate my desire to be challenged by bringing upon myself, tasks or information that I do not already know or have a vague understanding.

It is quite ironic that throughout school I wanted “less” work, “less” tasks, “less” information, never truly latching on to any tangible, useful knowledge.  I now find it humorous that we receive so much information on a day-to-day basis, yet lack the means to apply that knowledge to real world situations.  To most, not wanting to know “why” or “how” is not important.  They would rather not challenge the traditional line of thinking for fear of failure or rejection, the perceived time it takes to understand, or how to use the knowledge they have gained.   I on the other hand, could not continue to receive information, specifically in the tech and business world, without wanting to figure out how “this person” or “that person” achieved their goals with the knowledge they possessed or learned.

Wanting more knowledge, more information, and more challenges hit me a few years ago when I created my written version of a “video game center.”   The documentation titled, “Team LAN/eSport Center” was a 30-page thesis I wrote for a business class.  The hours upon hours of research for the thesis often left me with more questions than answers.  Often times, solving one problem or answering one question opened the door to three more questions that I could not leave unanswered.

The thesis later turned into a 50-page business plan that triggered everything from managing an eBash Video Gaming Center in Bloomington, Indiana to traveling around the nation playing in gaming tournaments.  I wanted and continue to learn more about the inner workings, mechanics, and business of the gaming industry.  It is safe to assume that this thesis is the primary reason I am in this current position in life.

The research only answered so many questions before I decided I needed hands-on experience to truly understand the information running through my brain.   The next article, Figuring It Out will detail the steps I took and lessons I learned throughout my journey thus far.

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