Can you begin to calculate the amount of knowledge you have gained since you transitioned into this time and place? From the moment of conception, we have been in a learning mode. But what is the purpose of all this knowledge? Why have we had to learn so much in so many different ways? As we look around us we see such slogans as: Knowledge is Power or Knowledge is Key. But have you ever asked yourself, “The power and the key to what?”

We learn in many different ways. Primarily, learning is the acquisition of knowledge and the ability to recall that knowledge at will, either consciously or unconsciously, to aid our abilities during a multitude of daily interactions with ourselves and our environments. Everything that you can begin to imagine and more is all a part of the many learning experiences we have had. Basic knowledge, how to eat, how to dress, when to sleep and awaken, have all been acquired to satisfy our specific physical, mental and spiritual needs as we transition through life.

Some are more adapt at specific things than others, due to perception, physical and mental makeup. We see this in the noted individuals who accomplish things beyond the norm; the famous dancers, scientist, spiritual leaders, politicians, etc. Yet, we all have the same potential depending upon those physical, mental and spiritual abilities. So why is it that there are so few of the famous and infamous persons in the world? Motivation!

When we are motivated to accomplish a thing, we work harder to acquire the necessary knowledge to accomplish this thing. The variables involved, however, still may prevent us from accomplishing that which we desire.

There have been many theories written regarding the inability for geniuses to be successful due to such things as emotional intelligent quotient (IQ) and sociability. Those persons who are more charismatic are more likely to be successful than those who do not have that ability. Therefore, the desire to be pleasing to others creates a situation whereby one is more likely to succeed. In a like way, a person who is considerably more emotionally mature and therefore more evenly balanced psychologically has a greater chance of success as well.

Desire is the greatest of motivators because when we want something we are more likely to pursue the knowledge and develop the necessary skills in order to have what we desire. Often, however, although we have the desire for a specific thing, we don’t always have the knowledge to pursue it, nor the ability to develop the means of accomplishing it. Or so we think.

I have learned that when we truly desire something, the doors to knowledge open before me. There is nothing that I have truly desired that opportunities for the knowledge have not presented themselves. Everything from my grandmother paying for me to go to elite private schools to talking to taxi drivers that give me information about a new town I have lived in. The information is always there, I only have to be open and aware to grasp it.

One of the things that I do is in my daily determination I set my purpose to acquire clarity of my situations and acquire the knowledge to handle each event that takes place. Granted sometimes the motivation to acquire clarity and knowledge is preceded by a situation that has disturbed me since I didn’t have the knowledge or clarity to handle it. Regardless of the process, ultimately, the motivation to acquire knowledge is awakened in me and I eventually acquire that knowledge and clarity in order to do what it is I am determined to accomplish. The difference lies in whether or not I am aware of the opportunity and take advantage of it. With the appropriate knowledge there is nothing that can not be accomplished. This brings us to the purpose of knowledge.

As I perceive it, the purpose of knowledge is to aid us in maximizing our potential in any given situation. The importance of the situation is determined by each individual. What is important to one may not necessarily be important to another. This can be seen in the slang response of, “Whatever!”

When we are involved in a situation whereby we really don’t care about the outcome of the situation, many of us use the whatever response. This is indicative that we don’t care about what is happening in the moment. We don’t care about the outcome. When we do care about the outcome, we become tenacious in our efforts. We respond as though it was a matter of life and death. The varying degrees between whatever and life and death responses allow us to realize how important the outcome of a situation is to us.

When we are victorious, be it against a person or a situation, we become confident in our knowledge and our ability is sharpened. When we fail in our efforts, it allows us to know that we have to return to the proverbial drawing board to acquire more knowledge. Our level of determination will decide whether we maximize our efforts to acquire knowledge or think whatever, thereby setting us up for future failures. It is in our pursuit of knowledge that we become more victorious in our lives. It is in this pursuit of knowledge that we determine our future victories.

The purpose of knowledge then is to guarantee as many victories in our lives as possible. Materially, physically, mentally or spiritually, the key to victory is the same: The power of knowledge.

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