We pass knowledge and wisdom to the next generation through books, articles, videos and many other forms of media. That is how society evolves and how the world changes for the better. By learning from what others have gained from experience, we skip years of costly trial and error and use what we learned to advance even further than before. By investing in knowledge, we increase our chances of becoming more successful. The more we know, the more opportunities we’ll be able to use as well as create.
There is, however, one caveat to this and it’s the reason why so many “smart” and well-read people end up in mediocrity. Do not make the mistake of thinking that “knowledge is power.” It certainly isn’t. Or at least, not knowledge alone.