By: Tollie Schmidt
Power is a very emotional word. People’s responses to it are varied. For some people people, power has a negative connotation. Some people after power. Others feel tainted by it, as if it were something venal or suspect. How much power do you want? How much power do you think is right for you to obtain or develop? What does power really mean to you?
I don’t think of power in terms of conquering people. I don’t think of it as something to be imposed. I’m not advocating that you should, either. That kind of power seldom lasts. But you should realize that power is a constant in the world. You shape your perceptions, or someone shapes them for you. You do what you want to do, or you respond to someone else’s plan for you.
To me, ultimate power is the ability to produce the results you desire most and create value for others in the process. Power is the ability to change your life, to shape your perceptions, to make things work for you and not against you. Real power is shared, not imposed. It’s the ability to define human needs of the people you care about. It’s the ability to direct your personal kingdom, your own thought processes, your own behavior, so you produce the precise results you desire.
Throughout history, the power to control our lives has taken many different and contradictory forms. In the earliest times, power was simply the result of physiology. He who was the strongest and fastest had power to direct his own life as well as the lives of those around him. As civilization developed, power resulted from heritage. The king, surrounding himself with the symbols of his realm, ruled with unmistakable authority. Others could derive power by their association with him. Then, in the early days of the Industrial Age, capital was power. Those who had access to it dominated the industrial process. All those things still play a role. It’s better to have capital than not to have it. It’s better to have physical strength than not to. However, today, one of the largest sources of power is derived from specialized knowledge.
Most of us have heard by now that we are living in the information age. We are no longer primarily an industrial culture, but a communication one. We live in a time when new ideas and movements and concepts change the world almost daily, whether they are as profound as quantum physics or as mundane as the best-marketed hamburger. If there’s anything that characterizes the modern world, it’s the massive, almost unimaginable, flow of information, and therefore change.
From books and movies and Mp3 players, micro-chips, this new information comes at us in a blizzard of data to be seen and felt and heard. In this society, those with information and the means to communicate it have what the king used to have, unlimited power.
As John Kenneth Galbraith has written,
“Money is what fueled the industrial society. But in the informational society, the fuel, the power, is knowledge. One has now come to see a new class structure divided by those who have information and those who must function out of ignorance. This new class has it’s power not from money, not from land, but from knowledge.”
The exciting thing to note is that the key to power today is available to us all. If you weren’t the king in medieval times, you might have had a great deal of difficulty becoming one. If you didn’t have capital at the beginning of the industrial revolution, the odds of your amassing it seemed very slim indeed. But today, any kid in blue jeans can create a corporation that can change the world. In the modern world, information is the commodity of kings. Those with access to certain forms of specialized knowledge can transform themselves and, in many ways, our entire world.
Today the idea of personal self-worth and ultimate power is only accessible by those with a formal education is the greatest lie ever sold! Education is absolutely 100% the key to your success. However, education is a journey, a daily process, and also rapidly changing ideas and influences. An amazing program I purchased and completed is called The 11 Forgotten Laws, it will absolutely change your life and prospective. However, after you complete the program, you’ll thirst for more knowledge, new ideas, a fresh perspective. You’ll thirst for more, because you’ll be giving more to so many and life truly becomes what you create.