Turning data into information and then information into knowledge (and wisdom) can be quite difficult at times (or is it / should it be)?
I have met many who believe that this is a mental exercise primarily; some believe exclusively. But, I believe that it’s a much more physical and experiential one.
I think this we find application here when we start companies or attempt new projects. Perhaps, though, it’s vastly more important that we use this rubric to discover who we are, as people and as individuals.
How do we go about this process? I think it’s the same: You just start, you just begin. Or, as Austin Kleon has said:
Don’t wait until you know who you are to get started.
And I suppose that’s really the point, isn’t it? You don’t know what you’ve got until you’ve started using it, until you’ve begun walking down the path of self-discovery.
Along the way you’ll figure it out. You’ll find the truths that matter to you more than others, and you’ll figure out what you stand for (and what you don’t).
The frustration that you and I feel isn’t really about our work or the things that we do between the hours of 9 to 5 – instead, if we’re to be honest with ourselves, we just want to know who we are and who we’re supposed to be.
Because that much is certain: I am who I am today but I don’t feel that I’m “there” yet – something is missing and that means that I need to become someone else, I need to adapt, evolve, change, grow, and learn.
I need to apply, mentally, physically, and spiritually the things I know into a working order that makes more than just plain sense – it becomes a manifestation of a true contribution of value to the world, the human race.
“Leave it better than you found it” is a worthy goal.