Celeste Smucker Nellysford, VA, United States
Chapter 5 Specialized Knowledge
In this chapter Hill tells us that knowledge is power, but only when it is "organized and intelligently directed, through practical plans of action, to the definite end of accumulation of money." And of course this also applies to any other goal for which we have a burning desire and enough faith to make it happen.
Specialized knowledge can be many things. It can be learning a new skill such as marketing on Facebook, or managing money. It can be learning a new game or training for a marathon or other athletic event. It can also be self development tools that can help us find our purpose and greater fulfillment in our day to day lives. Whatever form specialized knowledge takes, the way we use it depends on who we are and what we are trying to accomplish.
I originally came to Mentoring for Free to obtain specialized knowledge...I expect most of us did. I was struggling in a network marketing company after having some initial success and didn't know what to do to turn things around. So when Bob called offering free help I was skeptical but decided I had nothing to lose.
I did in fact gain a great deal. Not only did I learn a lot about about marketing and social media, I also gained a lot at the personal level thanks to the self development component of these trainings, of which the Think and Grow Rich lessons are a huge part.
One type of specialized knowledge that is very useful, regardless of whether I am marketing or just out with friends, is the Color Personality trainings. When I first learned the basics I found I was confused about how to use the information but after regularly attending the evening calls it all began to make sense. Now I find it incredibly useful, not only in business but also in any and all situations involving other people...which is of course all the time.
For example, there is an individual I need to interact with regularly who I frequently find annoying to deal with. She is nice enough much of the time, but suddenly will come out with some harsh statements or judgments. Being green my initial reaction is to push back and prove to her that she is way off base...but she is a red and that definitely doesn't work. She just gets more belligerent.
This is not someone I can just ignore, I need to have a decent relationship with her. When I applied the color personality tools and realized how I was creating a situation that was more difficult than it had to be, I switched gears. I started telling her how wise she is and thanked her for her help. She calmed right down and started saying things like "no problem, glad to help." A very different tune from the one she had been singing before.
And while part of me still wants to be right, I know that is just the green talking and if I truly want a pleasant relationship with this woman it is way better to let go of all that and choose to create something better. As I look back, I can see lots of other, similar situations with red personalities that ended badly because I didn't have the specialized knowledge it took to interact with the other people effectively.
Of course, disharmony in our relationships is a big source of negativity that drains our energy and makes for a lot of chatter in our brains. Usually it doesn't stop with a difficult encounter. Instead disharmony can cause bad feelings, anxiety and mind chatter as we relive the situation, share it with others we know will be on our side, and invest even more firmly in being right. Not a good way to prepare for the next interaction with someone we experience as difficult.
Using the color personality tools, however, can help us shift a negative situation to one that is positive where everyone wins, and is a great example of the power of specialized knowledge for helping us achieve our goals.
Celeste Smucker, Nellysford, VA