by Eden Benibo

Yesterday, at a press conference, while I was waiting for the keynote speaker of the conference, I met a new friend who is also a journalist.

Having exchanged pleasantries and accepted our fates to have been delayed by the organizers of the press conference, we got into a discussion.

As it is our calling, we got discussing the intricacies of life and the realities of the media industry, as we moved from one topic to another, this new friend of mine went on to reel out the list of books he has read over the years, he kept on mentioning a lot of books he has bought but yet to read, and the ones he wishes read.

While he was parading his charade of books reading escapade, I kept mute in awe, admiring his dedication to reading books, I got to know I was learning where he is.

One of the many things we discussed was graphic designing, which I tend to have a daring interest in and have been exposing myself to some books in it and have doing all I could to put my hands to work on it.

So as one who dares to get results, I quickly reached out for my system so that my beloved friend could put me through one or two things on that to augment what I could do on it, after all what are friends for?

But to my greatest chagrin, my friend seems not to know how to navigate Corell draw.

Han Han!

I was like, “I thought you said you have read many books on graphic designing?”

He said

“Yes, many books guy.”

Then he started telling me in words what I wanted him to teach me with his hands.

Without doubt, theoretically, my friend is good, damn good!


Who theory help?

I need practical here my frien!

Then my friend ruined the all day when he said,

“I know all these things, just that, I can’t do it!”

On hearing that, my jaw fell, just like we say colloquially,

I weak!

Then it dawned on me that my friend has gotten so engrossed in acquiring knowledge without the sense for application.

Without remorse I bellowed,

“Guy you need Jesus!”

Now, let me ask you,

How many books have you read and still wishing to read, 50, 200?

That’s very good, it’s a path for growth and development.

As a matter of fact, books are tools to lead a great life.

They are what you need to be a better version of you daily.

They are what you need to stay afloat in this progressive world.

But listen my frien!

The knowledge in those books will take you nowhere if you do not put them to work.

A knowledge you cannot put to work, you don’t have!

Books are magical, changing the you within, for great works outside.

This is not to shake any table but a projection of truth untold.

This is not to ridicule my friend nor to dare say that reading so many books is wrong or not helpful

Because my friend is really good, damn good, but quite unfortunate it’s on paper not in the field.

And for books, if you don’t read, you retrogress in a progressive world as ours.

But see,

it might look good on paper, but could be a different ball game out there.

Why books might ruin you is that,

it gets you exposed to so much information and knowledge that you feel you’ve got the world in your hands.

Having read some books, you feel much popping of adrenaline stemming from motivation you have got from the books!

You get one book today, get another, get some again and it goes on.

You get so comfortable with knowledge that you lose the sense for application like my friend.

Knowledge is sweet but application could seem hard – your thoughts.

So, you feel the knowledge hidden in those volumes of books are all you need for life.

Well, well, let me disappoint you

Books are just pep-factors

Experience is the real deal!

Albert Einstein once said, “the only source of knowledge is experience”

So as much as you read books which is good,

Go out there and apply to get the experience of the realities of those knowledge you got from the books that should follow the book-reading exercise!

No doubt, we are now in a world of read books, read books, read books!

But listen, experience over rides volume of books.

If you are a first-class reader without firsthand experience of things you read about, you will experience first class dormancy in life.

You might have read a million books, if you do not put the knowledge you got to work in the field, the knowledge is dead on arrival.

In the real world, we have more of men with experience stacking the bullion bulks than the book-reading men.

This is because it is your experience about your job people pay for, not the books you have read.

You know how I felt when I needed my new friend to practicalize his knowledge on graphic designing on my system,

That’s s most probably how your clients, customers will feel when they see all they could get from you, is talk talk talk which to you is knowledge, knowledge, knowledge, without getting results tangibly.

Because the place of practicality is sacred and sacrosanct.

Don’t be surprised, one who is a product of practicality and experience will relegate one with all the certificates in the world to the background when the chips are down!

Great is the place of reading books but greater is the place of practicality.

Get your sleeves up and get to work.

Let the knowledge of the authors of books you have read gear you to go out there, apply and get your own experience.

Because it’s via the experience, you get to know the knowledge that works and the ones that doesn’t!

So as much as you crave to get your heads buried in volumes of books, make sure your hands are put to work alongside.


The knowledge you get from books has no life until you put it to work.

You have got certificates, gotten skills from books,

Go in search of a place you can put it to work, practicalising what you have read.

Even if you are not paid, volunteer to work for free!

Yes, you heard me, work for free!

It will give you the needed experience to close that one deal that will end your financial troubles.

Great men are men with raw refined experience, gotten not from books but from the field.

It is the first experience they have about things, that makes them great, not the book they have read.

So as much as you are a staunch reader,

Forget not to be a doer!

Don’t be one who have so much knowledge without the first hand experience of those knowledge to share generationally.

Read, apply the knowledge you got, get the experience.

That’s s the sequence for true knowledge!


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Mathias November 3, 2018 - 11:09 am

Thanks Eden!

Oyovota Blessing November 7, 2018 - 7:51 pm

So true, I decided to put a slow down on reading and start practicing, I always felt I haven’t read enough, and the word is full of knowledge, the more I dig, the more I get immersed and not praticalize anything, then I talk big and people would be like babe you need to covert all this knowledge to money, then I started o, hmmm, I made mistakes, got better, still learning though, but nothing beats experience, books only scratch the surface, experience puts one through it all, now I tell people read but practice whatever read, another disadvantage of reading is one gets to loose focus, different titles put different ideas and it continues on n on.

Mathias Bright November 8, 2018 - 12:34 pm

Oyovota Blessing, it’s a good thing you decided to make a good U-turn when you did, putting those knowledge to work now is the focus.
Doing this, you will never remain the same. Kudos dear.

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