The value of ‘experience’ cannot be understated. In this day and age of instant information sharing using digital media, more and more people are being driven purely by knowledge and are living their life based on the information they receive in plenty on a daily basis. There is no validation whatsoever of the information being downloaded and people seem to be simply trusting whatever is coming their way. Especially so in the case of ‘health’ related information. People seem to be taking most of the information on health which comes to them on face value and becoming victims of misinformation.
Even ‘education’ has become more of theory than practice. In the quest for churning out ‘literacy’ rates, it’s become more an assembly line production of degree holders who have no idea whatsoever of the practicality of some of the
knowledge which they have gained. This is amply evident even in the highly ‘knowledge’ and ‘analytic’ driven equity markets. The so called high profile executive fresh out of college, armed with degrees have fallen flat in the highly volatile world of the stock markets. Even today, you find that the good old traders with hands-on experience make a lot of money.
In hiring new managers (today’s fad phrase – leaders), companies were enthusiastic to get bright minds (educationally) laterally into the system and made them to lead teams of highly experienced professionals – who had been there; done that. The result – a complete lack of ‘credibility’ and ‘authenticity’ in their leadership. They find it hard to gain the respect of people who they lead.
The reason is plain and simple – ‘Experience’.
Chanakya in his ‘Arthashastra’ clearly states that there is no use of knowledge if it is not backed with experience. It turns into poison.
It is time that we gave importance and respect to experience in all fields. Because ‘experience’ it is that brings high level of ‘credibility’ and ‘authenticity’ in who you are.