The Usefulness of Knowledge

More knowledge is always better than less.

Most people would agree with the statement above. What's so bad about more knowledge? Hey, you might use it one day!

Which is the same argument that packrats use to justify keeping a bunch of old shit that they'll never use. It's not intelligent of them to hoard all of this information, nor is it noble of them. What blindly acquiring "more" does is clog minds and homes.

It gives the feeling of readiness, without being ready for anything in particular.

It might feel good, to just have more.

More knowledge.

More majors.

More degrees.

Stockpile as much as you want. Let it overtake your apartment space because it's "good to have just in case". But don't expect it to be worth a damn if you don't know what the next move is past getting these degrees.

Most college students have no idea what they want to do.

So what do they opt for? More.

The default is always more.

Whether that's more clubs, more prestige, more minors, or more paper certificates.

And nearing the end of 4 years, they think to themselves, "what was I even learning any of this for? Just from classes alone, I hadn't learned anything that I could really bring to the workplace."

I'll tell you straight up that none of these elegant management models, or theories about the perfect supply chain could help me navigate the fast-paced workplace, where getting shit done and operating is THE MOST VALUABLE thing.

Once you get that shit done, then can you worry about optimizing on a grander level.

But unless you're at that stage in your life, where you're in a senior role making big decisions, then the usefulness of that knowledge you gained in college will be 0 for many, many years.

And by the time that knowledge is useful, they'll have found a better way to do it anyways.

Clarity on how to think without clarity on how to act can leave people unmoved.
— Dan Pink, To Sell Is Human

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Check out the book, "To Sell is Human" by Dan Pink. It's an amazing look into how the whole world is pretty much sales/communicating properly.