Monday, May 14, 2012
“Do You Respect Knowledge or Qualifications?” - Professor M.S.Rao
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin
Respect knowledge, not qualifications. It sounds strange right! Yes it is. There are people who have a huge knowledge excelled and there are people with good number of qualifications but failed miserably as they lacked the knowledge to apply their knowledge appropriately. The people who have knowledge always stayed ahead of others than the people who have mere paper qualifications. When you look at several leaders and CEOs globally they are successful not because they have qualifications but because they acquired knowledge and applied in their real lives and succeeded. Hence, knowledge is superior to so-called paper qualifications. However, we need to have qualifications to show on records that we are capable of handling certain roles and responsibilities, and to meet the prescribed eligibility criteria. For instance, there are academicians with good industry track record but they don’t have PhD as a qualification. As a result, they are not promoted to the post of principal and professor as AICTE made it mandatory to have a PhD qualification for such positions in India. These passionate academicians have great knowledge but fail to scale academic ladder as they don’t have PhD. In contrast, there are academicians who have PhD in their academic kitty but failed to acquire knowledge because of their high egos and, finally failed to excel as successful academicians.
There are several knowledge workers who excel rapidly in the corporate world as they have thirst for knowledge. Although it is their basic qualifications that bagged them employment they realized that it is the acquisition of knowledge that plays a crucial role rather than acquisition of paper qualifications.
Remember to note that it is always the knowledge that stands out, not qualifications as there is a limit to qualifications but there is no such limit to knowledge as knowledge is infinite.
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius
Knowledge Grows When Shared
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