Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Mervyn Drury Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Posted: 2017-12-19

Chapter 5 Specialized Knowledge


The Fourth Step toward Riches

Our parent tell us that life is about going to school, perhaps to college or university to get a good education which will set us up for the life ahead. They fail to explain that the education we obtain will fill our minds with knowledge that will be of little value when we seek employment. Most of the information (knowledge) I acquired was academic and of little or no use in my chosen career. I did however acquire some skills in my latter years of schooling in using mechanical engineering equipment and drafting.

The Oxford dictionary defines Knowledge as “Facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject”. I had started to acquire these prior to leaving school which formed the basis of my training in Engineering through a five year apprenticeship. Parallel to this I undertook initially night school study to acquire the theoretical aspects of Engineering to compliment the practical. Thus meeting all the requirements of the Definition for Knowledge above.

Hill notes that there are two types of Knowledge, General and Specialised. Hill says that “General knowledge, no matter how great in quantity or variety it may be, is of but little use in the accumulation of money. The faculties of the great universities possess, in the aggregate, practically every form of general knowledge known to civilization. Most of the professors have but little or no money. They specialize on teaching knowledge, but they do not specialize on the organization, or the use of knowledge.

KNOWLEDGE will not attract money, unless it is organized, and intelligently directed, through practical PLANS OF ACTION, to the DEFINITE END of accumulation of money. Lack of understanding of this fact has been the source of confusion to millions of people who falsely believe that “knowledge is power.” It is nothing of the sort! Knowledge is only potential power. It becomes power only when, and if, it is organized into definite plans of action, and directed to a definite end.

This “missing link” in all systems of education known to civilization today, may be found in the failure of educational institutions to teach their students HOW TO ORGANIZE AND USE KNOWLEDGE AFTER THEY ACQUIRE IT.

Entrepreneurs and inventors like Henry Ford and Edison may not have great education their expertise was found in their ability to organise a Master Mind that encompassed the General Knowledge but also had the Minds who could supply the specialised knowledge when required. Andrew Carnegie built the largest Steel Company of Hill’s Period, yet he knew little or nothing about the manufacture of steel. The Canny Scotsman surrounded himself with people who had a general knowledge of practical steel making but included others with Specialised Knowledge which could be applied to either increase production or produce a product with enhanced material properties.

Like Tuula I have worked in many other fields, the Hospitality Industry, Petrol Stations and Property Maintenance. Each of these required learning new skills. When I joined My MLM Company I did not fully realise that I would required a whole new range of skills to be successful in the Industry. It was not until I read “Success in Ten Steps” that I began to realise how many lies and false facts I had been told. The first was MLM is a relationship building industry not a numbers game. For the first time I was introduced to personal development, determination of a person Colour Personality and the necessity of realising that I did not have to be right all the time. There is also the realisation that you cannot do MLM in isolation, you require other people to provide the Specialised Knowledge that you do not have, like the application of Social Media for attracting clients and inviting them to download the eBook. This skill, which must be learnt from a person who has specialised knowledge of Social Media, can have a major impact on a person’s success in this industry. Likewise learning the Colour Personalities, writing of good copy, etc. training in all these is available at Mentoring for Free. We only have to acknowledge we need it, use that which is contained in the archives of, be consistent in writing lesson for “Think and Grow Rich Lesson” and being a contributor to the calls by speaking up.

Remember ‘How you do anything is how you do everything’.mrd

Mervyn Drury

Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.