THE PRICE FOR KNOWLEDGE
“Knowledge like air is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it”. Alan Moore
Knowledge is one of the few things that are of great value in life. There is nothing to lose for always wanting to know better. The price you are willing to pay for a thing or service is equivalent to the value you place on it. For example, if you had to choose between buying a book or a dress, your choice will depend on the worth you place on either the book or the dress.
Everything valuable comes with a price, and Knowledge is not an exemption. Knowledge is very invaluable to our lives and ultimate worth. If you want to remain relevant, you have to continue striving to know. However, becoming valuable comes with a price. You become more expensive by becoming more knowledgeable or growing less useful by becoming less knowledgeable or refusing to upgrade what you know already. Here are some things that you can exchange for Knowledge.
You must be ready to put in some effort. A student who wants to have Knowledge in Mathematics or any other subject must understand that people do not become knowledgeable by merely desiring it. They need to devote energy in the area of asking questions, solving exercises, reading, talking to people, digging deeper, mastering the art of observation, and focusing all attention on details of what they want to know.
All successful people know that time is more important than money. Time is priceless. If you desire Knowledge, you must be ready to give your time in exchange. It could be your TV time, or outing time, or time on the internet. Time is the one thing you cannot gain anymore in your life, so; every little piece of Knowledge will cost you a portion of your time. Learn to make every second count, mind how and what you engage in with your time.
You need to get adequate sleep to be healthy and agile. However, do not love sleep too much. When we were in Secondary school, someone posted a quote that made us think. “If you sleep for eight hours every day, by the time you are 75, you would have been sleeping for 25 years of your life”. We felt that was a bit harsh, but it was another way of saying, do not spend the whole of your life sleeping! Successful people who are products of Knowledge do not sleep too much. They lose their sleep in the process of getting Knowledge. While I am not prescribing any particular number of hours to sleep in a day, as I am not an expert, I am saying, losing some of your Sleep for Knowledge is not a bad idea.
Don’t deny yourself the opportunity to learn. Invest some effort, time, and sleep and see how much you can learn.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alero Babine is a writer, professional photographer and is the Secretary at B2SL, where she works to empower teenagers to succeed.