Only Knowing Does Not Help

Sushant Thapa

We know that we need to learn and keep doing it better. We know that we need to become successful. But what if I tell you that only knowing does not help. What I intend to say is that unless and until you put an effort, ‘only knowing’ will not bring any changes. ‘Only knowing’ is not sufficient.

As a poet and someone interested in writing, I know that I have to read a lot and learn how to write better. Despite the abundance of digital distractions, my primary focus remains on becoming a better writer through extensive reading and learning.

Having known the path, slow progress comes as a distraction. Slow progress doesn’t bring apparent changes, or the change won’t satisfy. After you have known the way, it becomes more difficult to not act for your targeted path. There is a quote which goes like this, roughly: “Every man is guilty of the good he did not do.” You can have room for improvements, and know about it, but action is the only great step to success.

“Work is bliss, it kills ignorance.” This quote is my coinage. How action oriented we can become truly measures our success. The whole age should be thinking about putting words to actions. In any career workmanship should lead to blissful feelings because only workmanship generates result.

The entire age has evolve into an age of information. We know what it is like to be informed and where to seek information. The devices that we constantly use like our companion, the larger and smaller screens that we touch, reveal us ideas and concepts. We travel the world in ideas, but cannot even recognize our own hometown in workmanship. We secure good marks in getting information, but we fail to put it in actions.

If you do the work, you gain expertise. That expertise kills ignorance. The knowledge that you gain by doing the work or putting ideas into action is better than your previous knowing. Efforts are guiding forces, they reveal results and take us to our anticipated destinations.

How fulfilling the bliss of work is can be imagined through dedication. We will find the light at the end of the tunnel only if we dare to cross the tunnel. Action oriented goals can become our true targets. These targets teach us, inspire us and build our human relations. People start recognizing us and we tend to become an image of influence.

Skills are important asset that can generate income. Knowing is the initial stage of consciousness, but putting the knowledge to action can broaden our knowledge more. We should create an opportunity to employ our knowledge; that is where you get to be who you really are. The office work that you do, the people you influence – become your asset too.

Creating opportunity comes out of work. The space that you create for yourself by getting employment and earning will be sustained only through hard work. You might also be able to create opportunities for others through work. For instance, if someone is a teacher who puts an effort in their work then they can inspire others too. We normally tend to avoid hard work and think that hard work brings stress. We should feel the bliss which completion of work brings, and how fruitful that is.

To provide some examples: Carpentry skills can sustain the carpenter’s life and his family. Work is skill and it sustains life. There can be plenty of other skill-oriented jobs which value work. Reporting in journalism is also a public skill. It requires extensive public relation and communication skills. Technical competency also comes through work.

Experience comes from work. If you can play with words translation can also become your skill and competency. All these jobs are insufficient without action. Even writing comes out of action, only thoughts and ideas don’t work until you learn to work and seek coherence in your writing.

So, quit sitting on your bed and start working from your table.

Bio: (Sushant Thapa is a Nepalese poet from Biratnagar-13, Nepal who holds a Master’s degree in English literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He has published five books of poetry namely: The Poetic Burden and Other Poems (Authorspress, New Delhi, 2020), Abstraction and Other Poems (Impspired, UK, 2021), Minutes of Merit (Haoajan, Kolkata, 2021), Love’s Cradle (World Inkers Printing and Publishing, New York, USA and Senegal, Africa, 2023) and Spontaneity: A New Name of Rhyme (Ambar Publication House,2023). Sushant has been published in places like Sahitya Post, The Gorkha Times, The Kathmandu Post, The Poet Magazine, The Piker Press, Trouvaille Review, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Impspired, Harbinger Asylum, New York Parrot, Pratik Magazine, The Beatnik Cowboy, The Dope Fiend Daily, Atunis Poetry, EKL Review, The Kolkata Arts, Dissident Voice, Journal of Expressive Writing, As It Ought To Be Magazine, Spillwords, Mad Swirl, Ink Pantry, International Times and Outlook India among many. Sushant received Yashaswi Book Awards 2079 for his third book of poems “Minutes of Merit” in the recently held Kaling Literary Festival, Kathmandu. Sushant has also received Indology Best Poet Award 2022 from West Bengal, India and Sahitto Award from Bangladesh.)