THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius

In my first year at the university, one of my lecturers encouraged us to “forget everything that we already know.” I felt that was too rude. My primary and secondary school years combined were 12 years. How on earth could he dare say that? It was not until I started learning exciting things that I realized how much I did not know! I guess what my lecturer was trying to say to us was that there would always be something that we do not know, and we should take note.

The importance of knowledge to success cannot be overemphasized, especially in the information age that we are in now. Check to see people who succeed in life; they all know more than others that distinguish them in their field. You usually pay for what you don’t know in life. For example, you pay school fees because you want to learn from teachers who understand, you pay the doctor because you want him to give you the cure for the illness that you don’t know its treatment, you pay tailors to help you make clothes that you cannot make by yourself. Below are some of the things you can do to increase your knowledge.

PURSUE KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge does not come to you; you have to go after it. Thanks to technology, you can now have people coming to teach you in the comfort of your home through your device. However, you must still be the one to apply and accept to be informed before this can happen. I have not seen anywhere people force you to guide you. When you have difficulty in life, such as difficulty with English Language or Mathematics, you go to a teacher who knows for enlightenment. You may be required to pay or not. But take note of the process, you have to go to the one who knows.

Make that move today. If you don’t know something- ask from those who know.

BE WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE

Knowledge never comes free. It must cost you something. If not money, it will cost you time or your pride. Understanding must begin with a price because it is valuable, and no useful thing comes free! Luckily, the internet has helped to democratize knowledge so that both the rich and poor can access information from anywhere in the world. But you still have to pay for data to get on the internet. At this level, you are laying the foundation of your life, and what you know is going to determine how valuable you will become. If it means you are skipping a meal to buy data to learn, do it. If you need to stay up all night browsing with free data to learn, please do it, and you will not regret it.

BE AWARE OF YOUR IGNORANCE

There is a limit to what you know, and you must be aware of that. No matter how intelligent you are, you cannot know everything. Accepting that you don’t know something and willingness to learn is not a sign of weakness but an indication that you want to grow. My advice is to learn as many unusual things as possible from those who know better than you. One thing you should avoid is the trap of thinking that you know what you don’t. Ignorance limits you and makes you panic, but you must always accept what you don’t know and strive to understand.

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About the Author

Bessy Ebule is the Project Director at B2SL, where he works to encourage personal development and build success networks. You can contact him at bessy.ebule@b2sl.org.

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  • Ayomide Thomas
    Reply

    Mind blowing words👏👏

    • Promise Akande
      Reply

      Being aware of my Ignorance and being ready to give up something to get the Knowledge… Thank you sir

  • Ajilore Daniel O.
    Reply

    A word to the wise is enough..
    That was a brilliant information
    Thanks…

  • Akande Prevail
    Reply

    “No matter how intelligent you are you cannot know everything”. We all have to pursue knowledge because it doesn’t come to us and knowledge it doesn’t comes freely because no useful things come freely.we have to strive and go after it.

  • Jimoh Nofisat
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    PERSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE
    As the word implies,”PERSUIT” which means the act of bringing out your efforts to achieve something but in this case,we are talking of knowledge
    We should all know that we have to go for this knowledge because it can’t come to us itself
    To achieve this knowledge,we have to pay the price, paying the price may not be in form of money alone,it can also be in form of time or pride
    Also,we should be aware if our ignorance,we should accept what we don’t know and be willing to know it because no matter how intelligent we may be,our knowledge is limited

  • Alero Babine
    Reply

    I love this piece. Knowledge keeps you ahead of others. It leaves you better than you were when it met you.

  • Foye
    Reply

    That Is true there’s is always something we don’t know and no pain no gain

  • Adaranijo Anuoluwapo
    Reply

    Knowledge is very important in life without knowledge we can’t do anything in life and if we are thought something we don’t understand kindly go to who knows it better . Knowledge never go free it takes ur money,Time either pride and that does not say we shouldn’t learn what we don’t know it for our goods in future

  • Adeyemo Adebola
    Reply

    No matter how intelligent you are you can’t know everything, do try to learn new things and don’t be ignorant.

  • Afusat Oyekola.
    Reply

    Yes, that is the fact, we can’t gain knowledge without paying anything either attention, money or time, so we have to do such things because of our dreaming future to come true.

    • Opeyemi
      Reply

      Wow am excited
      After reading this article
      I feel like I need to start pursuing knowledge which am gonna start right away

  • Opeyemi
    Reply

    Wow am excited
    After reading this article
    I feel like I need to start pursuing knowledge which am gonna start right away

  • mutoiru abiodun dahood
    Reply

    knowledge is Not easy to acquired, but one must have a focused, time, and effort to give it all what is requesting for ,in other to have it , knowledge is better in beginning but sweet at the ends

  • mutoiru abiodun dahood
    Reply

    knowledge is bitter in the beginning and sweet at the end

  • mutoiru abiodun dahood
    Reply

    that is they said , learning never ends, you can not be perfect in act, so you have to seek someone assistant to help you solve your problems, because no one is perfect.

  • ABDULGANIYY GANIYAT
    Reply

    Knowledge is light you have to go after it to ensure a bright future

  • Akande Prevail
    Reply

    Before you can know what you are don’t know you have to pursue.

  • Henry Ibrahim Kwataden
    Reply

    Everybody can be knowledgeable if he or she makes the move and put in the necessary effort to know…

  • ABDULGANIYY GANIYAT
    Reply

    Knowledge never comes free and also knowledge is light to darkness

  • Aiyedusho Victoria
    Reply

    Wow! Never believe you know everything, that’s the first step to failure. Bring down your pride and be ready to learn anything and everything even from younger ones.

    Thank you sir for this.

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