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Imagination Is More Important Than Knowledge. Says Who?

Picture1Albert Einstein once wrote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge, medications for knowledge is limited while imagination embraces the entire world.” Did Einstein get this one wrong? It’s true that without imagination there would be no discoveries; but does it mean that knowledge is only a distant second in terms of importance? I question whether imagination leads to knowledge or if it’s the other way around. In the application of knowledge we are often led to new insights and these insights invite us to apply our imagination to create new combinations and possibilities. Learning and building on these insights adds new dimensions and ultimately contributes to additional insights, tadalafil increased knowledge and new discoveries.

Sometimes knowledge is more important and practical. If you were injured, would you want a medical response team that is highly knowledgeable in treating your medical condition or a team who had to imagine what treatment to administer? Not likely. Knowledge, in this case, is more important than imagination. Sometimes, imagination is more important. When we’re looking for solutions or need to make changes or we’re looking to create something entirely new, the ability to imagine is the most important skill to apply. While imagination helps us to create new ideas, new products or services and to discover new possibilities; knowledge helps bring these ideas to life, to take action and solve daily problems. Imagination focuses on future possibilities and discoveries while knowledge is tangible and available to apply to today’s challenges and opportunities.

The process, then, is a circular one where imagination leads to knowledge which fuels the imagination which leads to more knowledge. Knowledge that is acquired through past experience helps create for today while imagination helps us to imagine possibilities for tomorrow.

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Dianne Gaudet is a certified Coach who is passionate about helping her clients manage the dynamics of continual life transitions as they reach new heights of personal and professional success. Helping Boomers create rich and inspired lifestyle plans for the retirement life they want is one of her greatest joys. Dianne is the author of a new book, If There Are No Limits... A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. She is also a motivational speaker, teacher and world traveller.