For several weeks, I’ve had the following written on my whiteboard:
I’ve been reading a lot of books. But why? Just to know more? But what do I do with that knowledge?
I can find people who could be helped by the knowledge and say what I’ve learned to them.
Or I can use that knowledge myself and actually do the things I’ve read about. Now, that’s a great idea; I get to put it to practice, gain experience myself, and be even more helpful to others.
I can also do all of those things. Maybe I’ve just read about something that enticed my curiosity, but I’m unsure on how to put it to practice. Well, if I share it with others, maybe somebody else is be able to help me by sharing their own ideas or experiences on the subject (This is one of the things we do weekly at the Virtual Brown Bag, by the way).
Sometimes we may do something before we actually know much about it, of before we say it to others. Sometimes we may say something but never do anything about it.
Knowing is important. Saying (sharing with others) is more important. Doing is even more important. But they don’t always happen in that order.