In today’s world we are bombarded with content from all sides; emails, calls, texts, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp… the list is endless. Isn’t it overwhelming? It’s almost as if we are being drenched by a torrential downpour of information. Even if we set aside the ‘unessential’ social media posts and tweets, there is an over-abundance of potentially useful insights, impressions and take-aways from online lectures, TED talks, e-books and podcasts, amongst many other things.
How we can translate all this information into knowledge that we, and others can benefit from?
We often think that reading books and hearing lectures will make us a “knowledgeable” person, but that in itself is not sufficient. Reading and hearing constitutes only step one of the journey to acquiring knowledge. If we only consume and do not implement or internalize, we’ll end up becoming an arm-chair intellectual – someone who can talk, but can’t generate results by taking appropriate action!
5 steps to acquire true knowledge:
Someone once asked the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him and his family), “what is knowledge?” He then broke down the process of understanding and acquiring it into 5 simple steps. You can enjoy the pearls of his wisdom through this comic:
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