Know Can Do!: Put Your Know-How into Action

Earl Nightingale once said, even among the hopeful, eager young people, only 5% achieve success at the end.

There are millions books out there how to be rich, successful, and have it all.
But only few seem to really achieve it.

There is a gap.

One of my favorite movie character is Morpheus (The Matrix).
He talked about this gap.

Neo, sooner or later you’re going to realize, just as I did, that there’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

This gap, between knowing and walking, is real.
I have read many books about success last year. There is more positivity in me now, but I haven’t had a taste of real success yet. Maybe I need to study more, but then, those great people in the past, they did not have much information available to them, but still they achieved it all. What is going on?

“Know Can Do” tells you “secrets” why after all those reading/studying about nature of success, only few can achieve it.

Secret #1: Information Overflow

There are simply too much information, and some of us become addicted to it.
Acquiring new information is fun. Problem is having too much fun in it.
People neglect to study in depth, and put it into action.
We move from one book to another, without really knowing any of them.

Secret #2: Negative Filtering

This is quite simple, and many other books and people talk about this, but I find it quite hard.
Right after you were born into this world, you are surrounded by all negative talks.
I remember how my parents used to talk to me (not that I resent them or anything) about how I can not do certain things.
When you got old, nobody actually needs to do this talk, cuz you are doing yourself in your brain. Yeah, that brain chatter!
We must control our thoughts, otherwise our thoughts will control us.

Secret #3: Lack of Follow-Up

Simple lesson, but too often, it can be neglected so easily.
I know what I need to do to overcome negative filtering, but I always find it so hard.
This is not so much secret actually. Much like anything else, I just need to keep at it.
Repetition is really the key.

My favorite lines:

the gap between what people know–information they have picked up from books, audios, videos, and seminars–and what they do–how much they apply and use that knoledge–was significant

People, he concluded, tend to spend considerably more time acquiring new information than developing strategies to use their newly acquired knowledge in their daily lives.

There are three reasons why people don’t learn and start doing what they know. The first reason is this: information overload. They suffer from an overdose of knowledge. This is a common trap to fall into because it is easy to read a new book, listen to a new CD, or go to a new seminar. Knoledge comes easy, but that will not bring about change in behavior.

The second reason might surpirse you, but here it is: negative filtering. People have a dysfunctional processing system, or, to put it another way, they suffer from stinkin’ thinking’.

The third and final reason why we don’t use what we know is lack of follow-up.

The key to doing that is repetition, repetition, repetition! It’s the missing link.

Spaced repetition is a learning technique where you don’t learn something in just one sitting. You’re exposed to the information periodically over time, so that it sinks in.

There’s nothing wrong with reading books and attending seminars, ” Murray replied. “These are fundamental learning tools, and we need them. The problem comes when we expose ourselves to new knowledge all the time with no pause for integrating our new know-how and putting it into action.

Daniel Webster, the originator of Webster’s dictionary, said that he preferred to totally master a few good books rather than read widely.

The habit of attending a seminar only one time or reading a book once, while exposing yourself to new information, just builds the habit of forgetting.

The human mind–everyone’s, including yours and mine–is in the constant process of doing one of two things: it’s either learning something new or forgetting. If we neglect something, we soon forget it. When we focus on something with spaced repetition, we remember it.

The first time I read a book I decide I want to learn from, I just read it straight through to get a sense of it. The second time I read it and underline the key concepts. The third time I might take notes. The fourth time I could choose to read it with a learning partner.

To truly master an area, people should immerse themselves in a focused amount of information, rather than be exposed to a large amount.

To master  something, we should focus on a few key concepts, repeat them over time, immerse ourselves deeply in them, and expand on the ideas and skills. Spaced repetition is key.

if you had listened to and believed all the negative things people said, you wouldn’t have achieved half of what you’ve accomplished.

First of all, one person who shows confidence in you can make all the difference in the world. Second, we have a choice about who we’re going to listen to. If I’d listened to all the naysayers in my life, I might have accepted a less challenging job and have limited expectations for myself. An encouraging word was all I needed to climb out of the negative box I’d been put in.

They achieve only a small percentage of what they could, because they accept too little too soon, and everything is filtered through their negative thinking and their closed, judgmental mind-set.

What happens is that only an extremely small percentage of the information we receive has a chance to be remembered, let alone be allowed into our subconscious mind, accepted, and then actually applied and put to use. When we read a book, listen to an audio, watch a video, or attend a seminar, we are reading and listening with our present mental attitude, which in many cases is focused on worry, indecision, negative thinking, prejudgment, opinionated thinking, et cetera. All the thing that people say and the sound that occurs around us is 100 percent of what is available for us to hear. The books and other literature we choose to peruse is 100 percent of what is available to enter our minds through reading. But with a closed, negative mind-set, by the time information that we hear or read encounters the mental traffic in our subconscious–where we can accept, believe, understand, and use it–only about 10 percent gets through. It’s like a ten-lane freeway converging into a single lane.

Inverted paranoids are people who think the world has conspired to do only good for them. That’s really the ultimate result of becoming a positive thinker.

It is the golden thread of focus, backed by persistence. In one way or another, every person of extraordinary accomplishment has the ability to focus on a target with laserlike intensity, staying on course to achieve the goal.

People today know a lot more about ladership and management than anyone ever sees. The gap between knowing and doing is probably wider than the gap between ignorance and knowledge.

Threre are actually three levels of change when you move from knowing something to doing something. The first level of change is at the knowledge level. It’s the easiest and least time consuming thing to change in people. All you have to do is read a new book, listen to a new audio, watch a new video, or go to a new seminar. So it’s very attractive. That leads to the first reason people don’t do what they know. It’s more fun to learn something new than to struggle to do what you know. As a result, we have information overload. We’re drowning in a sea of information. But unlike a fish, we don’t have a built-in monitoring system that can take from the water what we need and leave what we don’t. What’s the answer here? It’s repetition, repetition, repetition. We have to focus our energy on a few things, rather than a lot of things. How many diets does it take to lose weight? Only the one you stick to. We have to stop always looking for the next new management concept and follow up on the one we just taught people. I’ll never forget being asked to speak to all of the manager in a company. The president wouldn’t let me on the stage, though, until I had come to their corporate headquarters and found out what they had already been teaching these leaders. He told me, ‘I want you to build on what we have been teaching, not send us off in a new direction.’ In reflecting on my experience with that president, I realized how important top management support is in closing the knowing-doing gap. He was a stickler for focusing people’s energy. He even went as far as asking every person in the company to identify one thing they would be able to add to their resume the next year that hadn’t been there the previous year. He thought everyone should learn something new every year, not a lot of things every year. So they key to overcoming the first reason why people don’t do what they know–information overload–is to apply the less-more philosophy. Focus on less, and repeat it again and again. Focus, focus.