Gems Of Knowledge

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Taking On A Leadership Role By Educating Others

The whole point of education is to help humanity elevate the way that it thinks and feels about many different topics. There is no doubt that the educational process is widely divided around the world. Private schools may cost as much as $40,000 a year while many public schools are free and accept just about anyone around the corner. But this shouldn’t prevent us from dropping gems of knowledge onto each other.

Not everyone has the same opportunity in life to receive a great education; some don’t even have the opportunity to receive any education. People all around the world live under many different circumstances. For instance, two innocent children may be neighbors and childhood friends, kicking the soccer ball around on the streets of Bogota, Colombia.

But as they age, one of them attends a private school and becomes surrounded by wealthy and affluent teens, while the other attends a basic public school. As the poor teen looks across the fence at his old friend who he once used to play soccer with, the old friend stares back with an embarrassed look, as if he doesn’t have time for him anymore.

This is the way of life; people come and go. But this doesn’t mean that we should envy others who have more opportunities. And on the other hand, this doesn’t mean that we should consider others beneath us who don’t have as many opportunities. Rather, we need to come together and educate each other.

There is always something new that we can learn from each other, regardless of societal status. But we must be willing to take on a leadership role and educate others. Don’t be greedy by withholding knowledge to yourself. And don’t expect something back in return, when you drop a few gems of knowledge onto others.

It feels good to give knowledge wings and allow it to freely fly onto the minds of others. You’ll feel better about yourself when you help others expand their minds. Knowledge is one of the most powerful gifts: it can change a person’s life forever. So why not make a difference in somebody else’s life if you have the capability to do so?

Here on The DSM Ready Platform, we are all about sharing knowledge and putting a smile on each other’s faces.

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Suffer The Results Of Your Behavior

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Knowledge Takes Practice

Knowledge is very important to have: it helps you build connections, maintain intelligent conversations and keeps you educated about different concepts in life. Knowledge can be acquired through life experience and reading.

No one can question your life experience! What you have gone through and seen with your own eyes is yours; you were there in that moment to take away something from it. Life experience is very valuable because it teaches you concepts and ideas which you cannot obtain from a book, such as relationships, decisions and valuable information learned from other people.

Reading teaches you information that can make you more knowledgeable on various topics. But one important point to make is that knowledge takes practice; you cannot read for a certain amount of time and expect to maintain the knowledge indefinitely. Your brain is constantly repressing old information no longer being used and applied and learning new information presented to it.

Your behavior is determined by many factors, including life experience and knowledge obtained from books. Therefore, if you lack significant life experience or you are not well-read, your behavior will deliver you results that may be subpar; you will suffer at the subpar level.

The solution is to expose yourself to as many different life experiences and to become educated through reading and learning from others. Knowledge does not last forever; you have to practice to maintain your current level of knowledge and to escalate it to higher levels!

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The Power Of Knowledge

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Why You Need Knowledge

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to garner as much knowledge as possible. This can be accomplished with many different sources, such as reading books, articles, magazines, surfing the internet, watching educational television channels, and learning from people! I believe that the best source of knowledge are books themselves. There is something magical about the process of reading a book; it keeps you engaged and wanting to learn more.

But why am I addressing knowledge and its importance? The reality is that knowledge opens up doors in life; it allows you to sway in different directions and avenues and to meet new people who also have knowledge. Knowledge attracts knowledge. It can also protect you from danger; it provides you with facts, experiences and awareness of different situations and people.

I believe that a lot of people underestimate the power of knowledge; especially in this day in age since everyone is so distracted with technology. For instance, Gaming Disorder is now a real psychological diagnosis! Who would have believed that growing up 10-15 years ago?

Gathering knowledge can also help you with your mental illness. For instance, someone who is experiencing the terrible feeling of a panic attack, can prevent it from turning into a nightmare by remembering what he or she read in a book or article about panic attacks: they can be dissolved by taking deep breaths, they can be lessened by not fighting against them, and even distracting yourself by shifting you attention to another thought process or topic at hand can help dissipate them.

One of the goals of the DSM movement is to come together and share our knowledge and experience of mental health disorders, so we can learn together and ultimately end the stigma!

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