General knowledge: Can’t you google all this?

We need it everywhere. At school, at work, and in private life. It helps us to understand the world we live in. It is general knowledge. But what belongs to this knowledge, what do we need it for, and how can we improve it?

We all know the saying, “Knowledge is power.” Above all, knowledge is essential to find our way in the world, society, and culture and actively help shape it. Of course, we can google anything, but it doesn’t do so well when talking at a meeting or during a job interview.

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.- Jim Rohn


A good general education does not mean being able to google quickly.

At the beginning of the millennium, an excellent general education was essential for success. That hasn’t changed, but the level of common knowledge in the general public has noticeably decreased.

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Before smartphones, you had to draw on your knowledge from conversations, experiences, and different opinions. Today it is common to google quickly, which is not working if you do not know what you want to google. For example, if you want to know more about a flower you just saw, you at least need to know its name.

The less you know, the more you think you know because you don’t know you don’t know.- Ray Stevens

You should be able to think outside the box and know what there is to know about your industry, areas, and environment. Not only that, but you should also be able to talk about it. The communication you can learn if you haven’t mastered it yet. You can also learn to be humorful. Being pleasant to talk to is one of the most crucial hiring criteria.

Confidence in appearance does not come from specialist knowledge but from the fact that you have good general knowledge. You should feel safe in everyday life and know what to do even in difficult situations.

With a confident appearance, it becomes possible to be professionally successful.

Knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement. – Peter Drucker

What is general knowledge?

It is the opposite of expert knowledge. First and foremost, general knowledge is accessible to everyone in society. It includes basic historical knowledge, an understanding of one’s body, or an overview of current social and political events.

It is different from general education. Also, it encompasses the form and development of a person’s mental and personal abilities. Also, it may consist of scientific education from mathematics, physics, and chemistry as well as essential currents from art, music, and culture.

Dealing with the new media has also become a general educational good in transitioning from an industrial to a knowledge-based society. Of course, it is up to us which priorities we set. 

Education is further development outside of pure facts, according to humanistic understanding. It also includes ethical and aesthetic content and serves to develop one’s personality. “Emotional intelligence” plays a vital role in personal and professional relationships with other people.

Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future. – Brian Tracy

A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. – Plato

How to gain knowledge

You may have already learned many subjects in school or university. However, a trend shows that general education is moving further towards expertise, and the training of the students is more in their specialist area. Only you can counteract this yourself.

You can find General knowledge in a wide variety of subject areas, like history, art, culture, literature, politics, and science. Even if we can quickly access virtually any knowledge in the world between Google and Wikipedia; nevertheless, solid general knowledge brings various advantages. 

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Like almost every other area of your life, you can improve your knowledge. You can do this in your everyday life by reading or using the internet to research, listen to broadcasts, watch documentation that interests you, and take courses.

Talking to your parents is an opportunity that deserves attention. Older people, in particular, have a much broader horizon of experience and can talk about things and even be experts on them that you didn’t know. It lets you learn a lot about the most diverse areas of knowledge. You can also ask your grandparents for advice. Who knows the country’s history better than someone who has experienced it firsthand?

Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience. You need experience to gain wisdom.- Albert Einstein

Traveling is one of the best ways to gain general knowledge. In distant countries, you encounter foreign cultures with different customs and languages. Talking to the locals, you can learn a lot you won’t find online. It also broadens your horizons for everyday things. By seeing life from a different angle, you can appreciate your own better in some areas.

Where can we use general knowledge?

The answer is simple: everywhere. Exciting conversations only start when you have something to say. Good general knowledge helps us enormously because a discussion does not end with one topic but can casually switch to the next. Only some people are interested in a specific topic, and only some women will be enthusiastic about further conversations about cricket.

You should not be helpless at work when current political decisions affecting your industry become a topic of conversation. When meeting with business partners, knowing about it is very beneficial.

You can only make meaningful decisions and the assessment of consequences based on complete information. So it’s always worth looking at things from different angles.

It gives self-confidence and enables you to make small talk confidently in different situations. For example, you make an impression and appear more competent in job interviews.

It is good that you know your general knowledge level and use it, for example, to score points in conversations or get in touch with interesting people. Even when communicating with friends, expressing yourself on many topics and forming your own opinion doesn’t hurt.

But also make sure to avoid becoming a Pseudo Intellectual, be open-minded to learning new things, and do your research.

With your general knowledge, you can confidently move on in life. But it has to be learned and worked on it.

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