Know Understand and Act


We have talked about understanding the problem.  We have spoken of knowing.  We need to understand one more thing.  The indispensable part I am thinking of is actually being there.  And, no matter how many books you read or YouTubes you watch, you will never understand or know until you are on the ground working with others and trying to make something better.

Books can only tell you what was in the past.  Videos can only show you what the person recording was interested in.  If you are going to make a difference, you need to be with the people and where the change needs to take place.  Anything done only in your head is not really done at all, at least not in the real world.

You must be there, working with others, and understanding the problems to actually know what needs to be done.  Until you gain first-hand knowledge, how do you really know what has to happen to make something better than it was?  You may want to, but not being there, you will not know if your ideas are a hit or a miss.

You do not need a lot of money.  Others have done great deeds with next to nothing.  You do not need a throng of thousands, the real work is often done by small cadres.  We have seen that going back thousands of years.  Violence will never work.  The movements that truly last are built on peace.

 What you need is to be there, understanding, knowledge, and action.  I understand that faith without actions is dead. If you have dreams and desires to help others, do not let them die waiting to act. 

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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