Knowledge is Power (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

We often hear the phrase “knowledge is power.” While very true, there’s a big difference between revealed knowledge and communicated knowledge. Communicated knowledge is something you know from reading, being told or observing. Revealed knowledge comes from the first hand experience of doing which eventually becomes a “knowing.”

While teaching, I can put a student in the correct position, put my string in his hand and tell him exactly what to do. That’s communicated knowledge and though it’s true, it won’t help him much until he spends some time turning it into revealed knowledge.

Revealed knowledge comes from experience. By doing something enough that you just know it. No successful roper you watch on television got there by luck, fortune or fame. They all put in the time it took to get there and made necessary sacrifices.

At a school I was teaching one of the kids asked me what it took to be a winner. I gave him the politically correct answer about hard work, dedication, etc. Later on he asked again, and I went in depth a little more. After two days, at the end of the school, the students looked like they’d been in a boxing match. Their hands were taped, they were sore and bruised and all looking for somewhere to lie down and lick their wounds. The same kid asked me again what it took to win.

This time I answered, “Go do what you’ve done for the last two days for 600 days out of the next two years. Each year take off 65 days whenever you want. Come back after two years and then we’ll talk, because by then you will have started to understand what it takes.” When I was in college I practiced like that for five years.

No matter what you want in life, you will be as successful as the amount of time you are willing to put in it. There are people who read books and listen to tapes to learn to win and then there are those who simply win. Winning takes care of itself and the more prepared you are – the more you win. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Theodore Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

I’ll see you down the line. God Bless.