You might say that your experience has taught you what not to do and what to do. The question then becomes not to or to do with what? If you have 20 years experience in any particular skill set or industry did that experience teach anything that is relevant today or tomorrow? Maybe but not likely unless you’ve learned how to learn.
Experienced In Gaining New Knowledge?
Knowledge depends on theory. Information is not knowledge. Experience teaches nothing without theory. Practice makes permanent, not perfect. Copying examples does not lead to new knowledge. Doing the same thing and applying the same experience produces the same results, not new ones. In a world in which change is permanent in all markets the only valuable experience is learning how to gain new knowledge that can be applied to an ever changing landscape. Applying new knowledge is only as good asthe theory behind the application of knowledge.
Theory is defined as the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another, abstract thought : speculation : the general or abstract principles of a body of fact, a science, or an art : a belief, policy, or procedure proposed or followed as the basis of action. Actions are what produce results but the result is only as good as the theory which drove you to act.
Experienced In Believing What?
Before there was space travel someone had a theory which led them to believe it was possible. They proved their theory as correct. When the internet was first introduced many said it would revolutionize communications. Time proved their theory as correct. When social networks were born the creators said millions would use it. Time proved their theory correct. When social technology took off some said it was a fad. Time proved their theory as incorrect. Knowledge depends on theory because new knowledge is driven by a belief (theory) that something can and should be created, made or improved beyond the expectations of those who say it can’t.
As we said, experience teaches nothing without theory. Practice makes permanent, not perfect. If you haven’t noticed technology is changing daily and subsequently accelerating change by those who believe (theory) that they can create something that previously didn’t exist but if existed would add lots of value. The current accelerated adoption of social technology only fuels the masses to believe (theory) they can do what never before has been done. And they are doing it. It’s evident by others using the knowledge contained in conversations and applying it to solving old problems or creating new markets.
Did your experience teach you how to do this? Not likely but if you engage you’ll learn to create new experience from which you can gain new knowledge. Let your brain wander with what you could do with this new knowledge and you too can create a new theory for others to create new experiences. Get it?
What say you?
The “How Series” This Week: For the next seven days we’ll be publishing a daily post on “How” to use social media.