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Feb 22, 2018

Knowledge is the understanding of a science or art. Knowledge means that you have acquired information and that you understand people. Your knowledge should be broad, and in addition to knowing your job, you should know your unit's policies and keep up with current events.

Increase your knowledge by remaining alert. Listen, observe, and find out about things you don't understand. Study field manuals and other military literature. 


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

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*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel. 


*Professor Paul*

Hello and welcome back to Morning Mindset, of course I am your host Paul Markel, and just in case this is your very first time listening, A) Welcome & B) You’ve got a whole lot of catching up to do. Because we are almost finished, we are almost through the 14 United States Marine Corps Leadership Traits, in our Leadership Training course, and today we’re going to talk about Knowledge. Knowledge is the K in JJDIDTIEBUCKLE, alright.

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Knowledge is the understanding of a science or art. Knowledge means that you have acquired information, and you understand people. Your Knowledge should be broad, and in addition to knowing your job, you should know your unit’s policies and keep up with current events. Alright, what does the Marine Corps suggest for ways you can improve your knowledge? Well it’s not that complicated, increasing your Knowledge means remaining alert. Listen, observe, and find out about things you don’t understand.

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Study field manuals and other military literature, and I’ll add on to that that you should be a student for life. You should continuously seek out new information, Knowledge and so forth. So Knowledge, you say “Well obviously Paul, that’s something that a leader would have, right?” Well not necessarily, it doesn’t necessarily seem that obvious. Many people who are put into a position of authority, once they get into a position of authority, they stop learning. They stop training, they stop seeking Knowledge because they don’t have to anymore.

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Because they’re the boss now, because now they’re in charge. They had to learn all that stuff when they weren’t in charge, so they could get in charge. But when you’re setting an example, when you’re a Leader, you should be thirsty for Knowledge. I actually have a good friend who is a firearms trainer and instructor, but he likes to say that there is no such thing as a Master and there’s no such thing as an Instructor, there are Students & Student Instructors. By saying that what he means is even though you are put into a position of being a teacher or an instructor or the coach, you still are required to be a student.

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You should continuously be learning, and I think that’s good advice to everyone. If you get into a position where you are in charge of people, or you’re the boss, and you stop learning or you stop seeking Knowledge, then you just fall back on whatever it was that you learned years before. *Flub* One position you do not want to be in, is that of where your subordinates, the people you’re supposed to be in charge of, always seem to know more about a subject than you do. You’re not a leader if the people you’re leading constantly display more Knowledge of the job or the task at hand than you.

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You need to be the master of that subject, whatever it happens to be. If you are a coach, if you’re coaching sports, if you’re a business leader and you’re leading people in manufacturing, or whatever it happens to be. Sales or… you need to know as much about that subject as humanly possible, and how do you do that? Well, you need to discipline yourself. You’re going to need to discipline yourself, to seek out that knowledge. You guys might remember a segment we did way back when, when I talked about “Are you worth it?” Are you worth the cost and the time to get training? Oh yeah, yeah, you remember that now, don’t ya? It’s almost like I knew this was going to happen.

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But are you worth it? Is the Time & Monetary investment worth it? Only you can answer that, but the fact of the matter is, if you hope to be in a leadership position, if you hope to be in a position where, people are following you, looking up to you, you are leading them, you need to know what the heck you’re talking about. *Laughs* It’s not always easy, I’ve been a firearms instructor for, a long [x3] time, many decades, and often I will encounter people, not so much anymore, I would encounter people, especially with the United States Military, who said “Oh, I already know all that. I know all that stuff”, regarding firearms training and so forth, and I go “Oh, okay you know that stuff. How do you know that stuff?”

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“Well I took a training class in-” and then they would say things like 1999 or 2002, and this is 12-15 years beyond that, I’d say “Well the last time you took a class was 11 years ago, you might want to have a little of a refresher here.” Think about your physician, your doctor. Say you had to go in for surgery, whatever kind of surgery it happens to be. Would you want your surgeon to be somebody who continuously maintained their Knowledge, continuously went to training and seminars and so forth, so that they were up to date on the latest surgical procedures. Or would you choose the surgeon who hasn’t had any training or new Knowledge applied since they graduated medical school in 1978?

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You’re like “No, I want the surgeon who’s way up to date! 100% up to date on the most modern surgical techniques possible. I don’t want a guy hacking on me who hasn’t had any surgery since 1984.” Well there you go. So when it comes to Knowledge, it’s really not all that hard, but it requires effort on your part, it requires dedication on your part. Many times people will say to me “I don’t have time to read.” That’s something I heard all the time from people who are professionals. They’re like “*Gumbles* Whatever Paul, I know you’re always suggesting these books and this and that, but I don’t have time to read, I don’t have time for that.”

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Okay well, that is how you get Knowledge. In addition to taking courses and attending seminars and so forth, one of the ways for you to acquire Knowledge is to pick up a piece of dead tree, or if you’re a Kindle guys or girl, open it up and reading and exercising your brain. Yes I understand you’re busy. You probably have a family, you probably have a full-time job, but is that an excuse or a reason? Is that a reason or an excuse? If you wanna be a leader, you have to fill your brain with Knowledge, and sometimes that requires a bit of sacrifice and taking the time to do so.

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So, and most Knowledge today, books are not really expensive, especially in our modern era with Kindle. I mean if you’ve got a smartphone or tablet that has the Kindle app, they are very, very inexpensive. It’s not like how it used to be, and we have all this Knowledge available to us at our fingertips. With the internets, the world wide web, we should have the most well informed populous in the history of man. But do we? Do we have the most well-informed populous in the history of man, or do we just have a bunch of ignorant dolts running around, because all they use the internet for, or their smartphone or their iPhone, is to play little candy games, and basically as a distraction tool.

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If your tablet, is your iPhone, is that something you use to gain more Knowledge? Or is it something you use to distract you from what’s going on in the world today? So, Knowledge. I strongly encourage you to increase your Knowledge, observe and pay attention. That’s one of those things that they said; “Pay attention, observe, and be conscious of what goes on around you.” Hmmm… that’s like Free Knowledge right there, isn’t it? Alright ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining me. We’ve got 2 more leadership traits, we have loyalty and endurance. So stick with me, we’re almost done. I am your host Paul Markel, and I’ll talk to you again real soon.


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*Alex*

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