‘Knowledge is power.” A popular context amongst people stating that a person who has more knowledge means that they have greater power. But how do you weigh the knowledge you have? Or how does it become a powerful tool?
When a particular person develops their skills in a particular field- engineering, statistics, graphics design, architecture, etc, they acquire specialized knowledge. Specializing in a particular field lets them become a master of their field and may make them known. For example, when we hear the name Steve Jobs, we associate this name to someone particularly good at computer engineering, aside from just being the co-founder of Apple.
However, focusing on specialized knowledge may also endanger you especially in a competitive market. To master a certain skill, people invested most of their time developing and spending to further their knowledge of a particular field. But what if your skillset suddenly becomes obsolete?
You’ve probably heard of the term Jack of All Trades. When you are looking for flexibility, these would be the types of people you would find. People more inclined with general knowledge are those people who have a wide diversity of skills.
However, a person with much flexibility may also be difficult for employers to assign. Because you have a wide skill set with no particular field, employers may find it arduous to find a definite position for you. When you decide on a business, a person with a diverse skillset may find it a bit challenging to work on a certain field.
Which Works Best?
To be honest, there is no particular right or wrong path here. But, according to most businessmen, having specialized knowledge is better than having general knowledge.
Having specialized knowledge may have its drawbacks but it’s has a lot more to offer. The most common example, and perhaps the most notable, is that most professors are very adept in every course subjects that they are required to teach students. Meaning, they have acquired a lot of general knowledge but were not able to utilize it fully to acquire more money.
With specialized knowledge, however, you can draft a plan of action as you organize your ideas for you to acquire wealth. Thus, what you need to is to learn how to organize and utilize knowledge after it has been earned.
“…I can summon to my aid men who can answer ANY question I desire to ask concerning the business to which I am devoting most of my efforts. Now, will you kindly tell me, WHY I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, for the purpose of being able to answer questions, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?”- Henry Ford while he stood on the witness stand as he proved that he was no ignorant as they claim he is.
As you may have noticed from the words of Mr. Henry Ford, he emphasized two points: 1. He devoted himself to know more about his business (specialized knowledge), 2. there is no necessity for him to learn about general knowledge if it’s not a necessity for his business.