There are no powerful ideas without people who choose to be powerful. All ideas are fragile. It’s only our willingness to work with them that makes them strong.
Over the years, I’ve heard many amazing insights and I’ve received lots of helpful advice from intelligent, successful, and influential people.
Of all the insights and bits of advice that have been handed to me, none, and I mean absolutely none, have ever worked for me on the first try.
There literally isn’t a single tip, tool, or technique I’ve picked up from the world of professional development and self-help philosophy that’s failed to disappoint me at the outset.
In every case where I’ve tried to apply new information to a dilemma in my life, there’s been some nuance in my situation that made matters a bit more complicated than I what I originally expected.
In order to fully extract the benefits from the knowledge I’ve gained, it has been necessary for me to tweak, try again, stay positive, tweak, try again, keep the faith, tweak, try again, don’t quit, tweak, try again, try again, try again, and then, FINALLY, I’d find a way to make it work for ME.
The insight of insights is that new understandings require time, experimentation, feedback from others, and ongoing refinement in order to be effectively integrated into our lives.
No matter what we learn, and regardless of who we learn it from, there will always be details in our lives that initially seem to fly in the face of our newly acquired wisdom.
Maybe YOUR spouse is different from the one’s in the textbook examples.
Maybe YOUR coworkers are nothing like the one’s the seminar leaders talk about.
Maybe YOUR toxic friend is immune to everything in the “101 things to say to your toxic friend” book.
Maybe YOUR business can’t use any of the tips in the “10 ways to improve your small business” article.
Maybe YOUR demons don’t respond to any of the rituals in the “how to exorcise your demons” book.
Maybe YOUR body has all sorts of quirky things going on and none of those details were even addressed in the “Better Body in 40 days” book.
Maybe YOUR love life has all sorts of special considerations and, hence, is completely unresponsive to “Dr. Love’s Foolproof Guide to Never Playing the Fool Again.”
If that seems to be the case for you, welcome to what everyone who has ever overcome an obstacle has had to do!
Unanticipated challenges, unanswered questions, and unique personal issues are not reasons to walk away. These are reasons to buckle down, step it up, and do our homework.
Information doesn’t work. People work. Nothing in our lives is going to change because of the mere acquisition of information. Change happens when we do the work of working with information long enough to figure out how to make it work for us.
Knowledge is power, but the power of knowledge can’t be realized unless we’re willing to be persistent, creative, and self-determined in our application of it.