Think & Grow Rich – Chapter 5 – Specialized Knowledge – PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OR OBSERVATIONS – The Fourth Step toward Riches


Through out my life I have sort Knowledge both General, that learned at school, college and university, together with Specialized gained by research and the need to find solutions to problems not previously encountered. It is catalogued in my Brain and until resently not freely shared. Now I freely share all my knowledge and skills and teach it when ever possible. Do you give freely of your knowledge, we must for we can’t know everything.


The  Fourth Step toward Riches

Hill divides Knowledge into two categories, General Knowledge and Specialized Knowledge.

General Knowledge is freely available, it is catalogued and well documented.  It is taught in our schools, colleges and Universities by people who have studied the catalogued and documented knowledge housed in libraries, whether Public or in centers of learning. These people earn monies for their teaching of knowledge but they do not have great riches. Therefore those who wish to gain general knowledge can obtain this in the main free from our public schools which provide free education however like so many things that are provide free they are not always used to full or best advantage and people often leave these institutions  having gained little knowledge.

There is a “missing link” in all systems of education known to civilization today,it is the failure of educational institutions to teach their students HOW TO ORGANIZE AND USE KNOWLEDGE AFTER THEY ACQUIRE IT. Therefore they cannot draw on the “Power” that Organized General Knowledge can impart.

In contrast Hill points out that Specialized Knowledge comes at a cost and is only sort by those who intend to use it to gain riches.

What is specialized knowledge? Knowledge that is derived from research and experimentation by person or persons who require the solution to problems where existing General Knowledge does not provide the required answers. Once this Specialized Knowledge is written down as documents and catalogued it becomes General Knowledge. Look at today’s school curriculums they contain education subjects that we were taught in high schools and colleges but are now contained in subjects taught in primary schools. Hence one persons mind is incapable of retaining even a small proportion of the total available general knowledge.

Many considered Henry Ford to be an uneducated man and even took him to task in court to prove it. However during the Court Hear Ford proved he was more educated than those who were accusing him. He pointed out that he certainly did not clutter his brain with trivialities which would not provide him with the answer to the problems facing him in producing an automobile. If he required the answer to such trivialities he had buttons on his desk which would bring the knowledge of another brain to answer the question.

What is Education, it comes from the Latin Word “educo,” meaning to educe, to draw out, to DEVELOP FROM WITHIN. An educated man is not, necessarily,one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others.

 Henry Ford comes well within the meaning of this definition. He knew how to draw out the necessary knowledge from the “Master Mind Group” with which he surrounded himself. The situation was similar with Andrew Carnegie who knew nothing about steel making yet by drawing on the “specialized knowledge” of his Master Mind Group he built the biggest Steel Corporation in America.

Hill shows by the analogue of an electric battery where the output of a single cell is small but when two or more cells are combined the total output is greatly increased. Likewise when two or more brains are combined the overall output is greater, a new brain of greater capacity results.

To apply this to our business we have to realize that we do not have all the knowledge required and hence we must build a positive ‘Master Mind’ which can fill in the missing pieces and training necessary to build a successful MLM business but also change the overall person through personal development.

There are so many examples surrounding us today where general and specialized knowledge must come togther to build the modern high rise buildings, solve medical problems and diseases, etc. facing the whole world today. the starting point is general knowledge but specialized knowledge input is required to bring about a solution in most cases. Consider the case of the high rise building being erected on reclaimed land, they start as a dream, become a passionate desire of the originator and then become the final goal of a dedicated group of people from many disciplines and a vast combined knowledge, both general and specialized.

Thank you Michael and Linda for the foresight to develop this group, through the use of general and specialized knowledge, which teaches us ‘how to think and not what to think’ and apply it to our overall lives.

Mervyn Drury

Canberra, ACT, Australia


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