Published: 18th July 2020
Canteen Fundas: Apply your knowledge to learn some new and valuable skills
Pro Tip: True knowledge includes ‘knowing’ and ‘applying’ knowledge in your life. When you apply what you know, you gain valuable skills
Rinku studies only for marks, bhaiyya,’ said Rahul. ‘I feel bookish knowledge is only for pleasing others. What’s useful is practical knowledge.’
‘Good marks clearly indicate better understanding,’ argued Rinku. ‘How can you practise anything without any knowledge? This argument of practical knowledge versus bookish knowledge is an excuse to not work hard, bhaiyya.’
‘What’s the use of topping exams if one can’t cross the road or deal with vegetable vendors?’ poked Rahul.
‘Thinking about our actions and consequences is scientific,’ said Rinku. ‘And crossing roads and buying vegetables won’t change the world.’
‘Bhaiyya,’ said Rahul. ‘Who’s right?’
‘There’s partial truth in both arguments,’ said Rakesh. ‘You need both. And both these arguments are limiting you by 50%.’
‘How, bhaiyya?’ asked Rinku.
‘Those who justify the lack of practical application of their knowledge argue that excelling in exams is proof of their expertise,’ said Rakesh. ‘They memorise without understanding and are clueless when it comes to the basic application. There’s a difference between ‘knowing’ and ‘doing’ It’s only by ‘doing’, that you realise how much you ‘know’.’
‘Hehe,’ smirked Rahul. Rinku made a face.
‘On the other hand, Rahul,’ said Rakesh with a smile. ‘Champions of practical knowledge use their argument to stop growing their knowledge. They’re happy changing light bulbs or car tyres without knowing the principles behind them. So we have gold medalists in mechanical engineering who cannot change a car tyre and mechanics who can repair the car but don’t know the science behind it.’
‘So what are you saying, bhaiyya?’ asked Rinku.
‘Make learning your only goal,’ said Rakesh. ‘Acquire knowledge and apply it on a daily basis. That’s when knowledge transforms into a marketable skill. When you match knowledge to application, magic happens.’
‘What magic, bhaiyya?’ asked Rahul.
‘You top the class, can solve complex problems and can demonstrate the practice too,’ said Rakesh.
‘Wow,’ said Rinku. ‘So, what should we do bhaiyya?’
‘Instead of choosing between what’s comfortable for you — ‘thinking’ or ‘action’ — choose both,’ said Rakesh. ‘Transform knowledge into skills at every opportunity and acquire and grow people skills, technical skills, leadership skills and other skills.’