You have knowledge, so what?


Knowledge is power. Is it applicable to you? What do you know and of what value is it to you and those around you? What do you seek to know and of what value will it be to you and others?

Knowledge is power’ is a proverb that is common across nations and cultures. It almost means the same thing across all backgrounds that knowledge is a more important thing than physical strength. Little wonder those with the greatest muscles and strengths have never been voted the most powerful people. It is also universally agreed that no great thing can be done without knowledge. For anyone to achieve great results or make a great impact in any area of endeavor, knowledge is an indispensable factor. As an individual gathers more knowledge, the more powerful he or she becomes

Wikipedia defined Knowledge as a familiarity, awareness or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, discovering, or learning.

Some other dictionary definitions define knowledge as the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or condition

In fact, one archaic definition of knowledge is attributed to sexual intercourse. Some ancient texts would say, ‘he had knowledge of her’ to mean ‘he had sexual intercourse’ with her. This could be deduced to mean that a man could seek no further conquest over a woman he has had sexual contact with.

The quotation, ‘Knowledge is power’ was first linked to Sir Francis Bacon way back in 1557 through a maxim he published in his book, “Meditationes Sacrae and Human Philosophy.

So many other deeper definitions have been given by philosophers and psychologists, an example of which you can see in the Psychology Today article, What is Knowlege.




Power has been defined as

  • The ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way.
  • The capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events

From these definitions and others, I deduce that power in itself is a potential attribute which you can use positively or negatively. That you have a certain capacity or ability does not mean that such knowledge automatically benefits others positively.



Marketing specialists will tell you that data and its analysis is important but most important is the interpretation of the results and its useful application towards achieving set goals. The power you get from knowledge is the effective and efficient use of knowledge to achieve set worthy goals.

 If as a ‘knowledgeable’ medical doctor, you cause more atrocities than good to people, this would be counted as misplaced power. This is because the proper use of medical knowledge was not applicable. Likewise, if as a teacher, you use your position to abuse pupils or if as a political office holder, you continue to run down the establishment. You need to know integrity for the knowledge you have to be of positive impact on the society.

We all have some form of knowledge. What has all the knowledge we have conferred on us? In this age of social media, many of us are so knowledgeable about a lot of things. Of what use are all these knowledge to us?

Few among the many things knowledge can confer on you include:

  • Liberation
    Power over oneself and circumstances is the greatest power of all. They say, “To conquer the world, conquer thyself”. Knowledge makes you less dependent on others which bring freedom.
  • Respect
    When you use your knowledge to positively impact others and improve their lives, you command respect.
  • Confidence
    When you are able to utilize your skills and knowledge to confront challenges that come around you, you will develop a sense of self-fulfillment and confidence. It will lead to more belief in your yourself putting you in a better position to succeed in your endeavors.
  • Positive Mindset
    In your quest to find and gain knowledge, you will acquire a positive disposition to live. This will keep you determined, enthusiastic, motivated, focused and self-reliant.

You may have developed some capacity and ability to get things done or even influence many others. The question now, is, of what use is the knowledge you have? What power are you expending? Are you adding value to others through what you know or are you abusing people by what by what you know? We all have a sphere of influence. You are I, always expect knowledge to be for good power, the power that makes a positive impact.

Now you have or may have had this knowledge, make a positive impact. Be of unique value to those around you.