Anytime I explore a new subject, I am amazed by the amount of knowledge already available. And I don’t have to spend weeks hiding in a library, consuming my fingertips on books. A few clicks on my browser, and I can have at my disposal way more knowledge I’ll ever be able to process.
With all this knowledge available, how comes we can’t solve all our problems? And how is it possible that we keep repeating the same mistakes?
The other day I was doing some research on a trendy topic; leadership.
The number of books, articles, essays, programs out there is massive. There are so many fantastic theories, models and methodologies available and accessible that one life won’t be enough to explore them all.
Yet, I can’t say we are surrounded only by great leaders.
The same can be said about a lot of topics.
So, what happens?
In Italy, we have a saying: “tra il dire e il fare c’è di mezzo il mare”.
Literally, it says that between saying and doing lies the sea. It means that things are easier said than done.
We should probably change it into “tra sapere e fare c’è di mezzo il mare”.
There’s a long way between knowing and doing.
Our challenge is to close that gap.