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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Knowledge is an Elder

Knowledge is an Elder

Elders provide information and knowledge.

Article Topics
Why we need elders, what is knowledge, things elders do

What Is Knowledge?

Knowledge is the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association, the fact or condition of being aware of something, the range of one's information or understanding. In other words, knowledge is the sum of what is known, the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind. 

Knowledge is an Elder.

Knowledge is an Elder

He who gets close to a good tree will have good shade.

Needing an elder is not a sign of weakness; it shows you are smart enough and are driven enough to succeed in life. Here are ten reasons why you need someone like an elder, a tree to find shade under:

Elders provide information and knowledge. As Benjamin Franklin said, "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." With an Elder there from the start, you will tap into a wealth of knowledge.

Elders can see where we need to improve where we often cannot. Elders have a way of seeing more of our faults that we would like. It's the only way we grow. They will always be brutally honest with you and tell you exactly how it is rather than downplay any weaknesses they see in you.

Elders find ways to stimulate our personal and professional growth. Elders will often pose questions to make you think and help you to develop.

Elders offer encouragement and help keep us going. Oprah Winfrey stated, "An elder is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself." They are there no matter what and offer moral support sprinkled heavily with cheerleading. There were times that, if there was not an Elder there for me, I could have easily, "caved-in," emotionally, or given up on the business. However, I had an Elder and each one I had wouldn't let me stop but provided the encouragement and guidance that gave me hope and confidence that I could do whatever was asked of me.”

Elders are disciplinarians that create necessary boundaries that we cannot set for ourselves. I experienced a lot of tough love from my Elders. You will realize you missed some important essentials and clarified priorities in a way that you could not do on your own.

Elders are sounding boards so we can bounce ideas off them for an unfiltered opinion.

Elders are trusted, advisers. In the world of business, it can be hard to know whom to trust and that you can trust someone, especially with proprietary information or intellectual property.

Elders can be connectors. Playing a dual role of teacher and connector, an Elder can provide access to those within your community with lifetime abilities offering their skills and expertise; introduce you to a talent that can fuel your business and help you get closer to your inner self.

Elders have the experiences you can learn from to prevent making the same mistakes beginners make. Starting out in life is challenging enough, so if you can skip doing things the hard way, why wouldn't you? An Elder has been there, right where you are, and has made numerous mistakes that they can now use as a basis for helping others to skip the devastating effects of not knowing.

Elders are free, which makes them priceless in more ways than one. An Elder does not do it for the money. Instead, they are driven by the satisfaction of helping another generation, paying it forward from a similar experience they had when they had questions.

Needing an elder is not a sign of weakness; it shows you are smart enough and are driven enough to succeed in life.

Kwame Nkrumah was an innovative Ghanaian politician, the first prime minister and president of Ghana.
Kwame Nkrumah was an innovative Ghanaian politician, the first prime minister and president of Ghana.

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