It’s the Application of Knowledge

Note: This post is part of moving updates from my Recommended Reading list into this blog, as I’m not sure about the future of Google Shared Items now that it’s not supported.

In a post entitled Worldly Wisdom, Chris McCann reviews a book called Poor Charlie’s Almanack.  The book was written by Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s long time partner at Berkshire Hathaway.  So what is the book about?

The basic very high level overview of the book is: Multidisciplinary learning and synthesizing all of that knowledge is essential for life and being successful.”

In the post, multidisciplinary learning is defined as “the act of learning the fundamentals and details from completely different disciplines.”  Synthesis is defined as “internalizing the concepts you learn, not just remembering facts and spitting them back out.”  The reason why I enjoyed the post and the book were because of these two critical points:

  1. It’s important to practice multidisciplinary learning
  2. It’s important to be able to apply that learning

I’ve always found it useful to have a broad base of knowledge and experience to draw on and I’ve always thought that it’s the application of knowledge and experience which makes it valuable (not just the memorization and regurgitation).

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