There is a very real power in knowing where you stand, regardless of your situation
Life is all about decisions. When we make decisions that are advantages to us, our quality of life improves. When we make bad decisions, our quality of life declines. But how is one to know a good decision from a bad one? Investing half your money in a penny stock can be the best decision you ever made or the worst decision you ever made.
Good decision-making boils down to wisdom, and wisdom boils down to knowing and accepting the truth. Only by knowing the truth can a person make wise decisions. And this is why “knowledge is power”. The truth is power. Therefore, the truth is often guarded very closely.
There is a reason why Governments keep “classified information”. There is a reason why various businesses have “proprietary designs” or “proprietary recipes”. If everyone knows how to make a name brand chocolate bar exactly the same way, why would you need to buy it from that name brand? If everyone knows how to build a Tesla vehicle the exact same way, what competitive advantage does Tesla the company have? And the list goes on.
On the individual level, the average person benefits from knowing more than the people around them. Why would anyone work under the President of a company if they know everything the President knows? They could just start their own company and be equally successful.
A person’s position in life often boils down to what they know vs. what they don’t know. And this is truer than ever in the information age we know live in. People are flooded and bombarded with information. Some of it lies, some of it exaggerated and some of it true. The challenge today is not gaining information, its gaining accurate information.
Due to the power that comes with knowing the truth; accurate information can be extremely elusive. It often requires extensive digging, life experience, critical thinking, comparison, and lots of trial and error. In other words, much of the information we receive today may need to be “vetted” before it can be believed. To be efficient at vetting new information you need a solid base of pre-vetted information in the form of wisdom.
Wisdom is very similar to money; the more you have the easier it gets to acquire more. Getting over the initial “ignorance hump” is the biggest challenge. A challenge many people don’t have the discipline or patience to endure.
Many people run and hide from the truth. Many even resist the truth violently. And this is why the stoic person has a supreme advantage in life. The stoic person values the truth over their own feelings about the truth. And with their ability to accept harsh realities, they are better positioned to vet new information and size up any situation.
With a strong ability to vet information comes easier access to clean, vetted knowledge. With that knowledge comes power. The power to make wise choices that lead you down the path to success.