Why Experience is More Important than Knowledge.

Via on Aug 14, 2013


When you were a kid growing up, I am sure you heard the saying:Knowledge is Power.

Our culture emphasizes knowledge. Everywhere.

Schools are extremely mind oriented. For example, knowledge and information are taught to be more important than experience. By the time our children graduate from high school, they will have spent more time acquiring facts and abstract information they will never be able to apply.

You with me?  

Remember all that calculus you learned in high school? It comes in handy when you are counting quarters at the grocery store, paying at the gasoline pump with your credit card, managing your Facebook accounts, organizing your life and when you are negotiating with your husband or wife. Right?


You learn a lot of this “great” information, but what kind of knowledge are you being taught that will help you apply towards your life, your relationships and your career? What kind of information are you learning that really helps you feed your body, your mind and your soul? Are these learning tools going undeveloped unless we seek them out later in life?

More often than not, we send our children out into the world chalked full of “knowledge,” yet with hardly any life experience. And yes, they do need to get out into the ‘real world’ for that kind of knowledge is to be applied. But isn’t there anything else we can do to prepare them?

Our careers make up at least 25 percent of our lives, while the relationships we have with our partners, children, co-workers, friends and ourselves make up the remainder of our lives.

It took me an extremely long time post-college to untangle who I was and wanted to be.

Did you know what you wanted? What kind of career you wanted to have? Did you feel like you were ready to walk into adulthood programmed to produce and succeed?

I didn’t. That’s for sure. I threw myself into a career that I had been “educated” to do. A career that I thought would reflect my self worth. Bummer when I decided I friggin’ hated it. So now what was I supposed to do? Where would my education take me? And what real life experience did I have? None.

It would have been great if I could have been taught to listen to my inner wisdom.

Note to self: Teach my children to do that now.

But instead, the emphasis had only been on education. Some good. Some useless. And while I’m not saying that a decent education is worth a million bucks, I do wish that I had been taught how to experience a deeper knowing. And that deeper knowing and experience is called wisdom.

So I encourage you:

Go sky-diving so you can not only imagine it, but so you can have the inherent knowledge of what it really feels like to go sky-diving.

Let yourself feel the pain of a breakup so you know what it feels like to experience heartbreak.

Take a career risk so you know what it feels like to have reached for your dreams.

Without experience, there will never be true knowledge. You may think you know, but only with experience will you have anything more than grasping at an idea.

I have just given you my two cents on why experience is so important to me in life. Do you think our culture emphasizes knowledge over and above experience? I would love to hear from you. Please leave your comments in the box below.

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XO, Hayley

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Ed: Sara Crolick




About Hayley Hobson

Hayley Hobson is an author, speaker, business coach, yogi, Pilates and holistic nutritional expert based in Boulder, CO. Hayley creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to strengthen, nourish and evolve through the cycles and shifts in life. Combining cutting edge understanding in all three disciplines due to years of anatomical study and dietary theory, Hayley’s approach leverages their blended benefits and results. Her unique and intelligent style promotes strengthening while softening–empowering her client’s to heal not only their physical bodies, but their hearts and minds as well. Hayley studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, continues her studies with David Wolfe, raw food expert and is an essential oil expert in her own right. Her insights and articles can also be found on her blog, Mindbodygreen and Islaorganics. She has also been featured in Pilates Style magazine, Natural Health magazine and Triathlete Magazine. She has fun running and playing in the mountains with her husband, former world-ranked triathlete, Wes Hobson and their two beautiful daughters, Makenna and Madeline . To learn more about her nutritional courses, events she's hosting and custom programs go to hayleyhobson.com or follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest.


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2 Responses to “Why Experience is More Important than Knowledge.”

  1. Oh, I totally agree. Knowledge and information was almost glorified in my life and I went after all the degrees and spent all my time in books . . . but it was my experiences that actually taught me.

  2. Robyn says:

    This is exactly what I needed/going through right now. Thanks for being open and admitting that it took may years post-college to figure out who you were. I am a post-grad and constantly disheartened – people my age around me act like they have it all together but I'm starting to accept that I'm taking my time and on a journey, instead of wasting energy trying to convince everyone that I have arrived.

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