How to Change Your Life with Knowledge

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Okay, let me ask you a question. If you’re given an option to change your life, would you accept it? I can see some of you nod your head and say ‘yes’!

Why not, it’s always good to change your life if you feel doing so will make you feel good.

If you are still wondering why you need to change your life, you should read my earlier post “Should you change your life?” This post also tells you why some people do not want to change.

Most of us want to change our lives – for the better. In fact, most of us might even be working continuously, consciously or unconsciously, for the betterment of our lives.

So, what options have you got to bring about the change? Change your country, city, job, or even your partner! What will help you change your life, if you really want to change it for the better?

While all the above might help depending on your situation and case, you can best change your life by changing yourself.

“Change myself? But how and what do I change?” This might be your obvious reaction.

You can best change your life with knowledge, is my answer.

The Power of Knowledge

Ignorance is bliss. But this blissful state is short-lived, because it is not real. The lasting bliss or true happiness comes through right or good knowledge.

Dictionary defines knowledge as the information and skills acquired through experience or education. So, you gain knowledge when you study or work.

Apart from the factual information, knowledge is also defined as the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning.

Of course, knowledge comes in many forms and can be acquired by many ways. It can be knowledge of the world and self-knowledge too.

Not all knowledge is acquired through books. Life is a learning lesson in itself and all things, events, and people in it help you to learn and change yourself.

But is this knowledge powerful?

Education gives us the knowledge that makes us literate. Right or good knowledge has the potential to take us further and become civilized and illuminated.

Knowledge has great potential. But that does not help you until you put it to use – you may learn life’s principles but not follow them in your life.

The non-use of knowledge becomes as unworthy as misuse of knowledge.

It’s only when you apply the right knowledge in your life that you can cherish its power.

Knowledge is Wisdom

Applied knowledge is wisdom, to be precise.

Knowledge is an understanding that inspires you to change your thought.

If you want to change your life with knowledge, you need to change your thoughts, beliefs and your mind.

When you change your thoughts, you can change your habits, behavior, and actions.

Knowledge is only useful when you put it to practice, implement it, or follow it in life. If you do so, then you gain experience. If you have both, the knowledge and experience, you become wise.

Here’s my formula to become wise:


Here, we assume that we’re dealing with the right knowledge and right experience; otherwise it would be a folly.

You learn to be always happy when you attain wisdom. Then you know what is right and wrong, and you gain the ability to distinguish between them.

Wisdom is the insight and the understanding to do the right thing at the right time. It is highly probable, but not necessary, that a wise person will control the temptations to do any wrong.

Of course, one makes mistakes in life. But those on the wise path learn from those mistakes and take care not to repeat them.

They correct and improve themselves and their life and treat the mistakes and failures as stepping-stones and part of the learning process.

You attain wisdom with practice and time after going through such correcting process.

A Few Things to Know about Knowledge

The purpose of good knowledge is to bring you happiness, directly or indirectly. It takes you towards happiness and away from darkness towards light.

When you have the right knowledge, there are higher chances that you make the right choices and that does change your life for the better.

Also, too much of knowledge is not good always.

It is not possible to acquire complete information about everything in the world. You’re not, nor should you try to be a search engine!

Remember, not all information is useful or right knowledge. On the other hand, excess of knowledge and information may also confuse you and lead to indecision.

Seek only the information that is useful to you, and which you can apply to your life. When you do so, directly or indirectly, you’ll observe a positive change in your life.

Simple Steps to Change Your Life with Knowledge

It is very simple to change your life. Try to follow these steps –

  • Firstly, know yourself. Once you do that, you’ll know what you’ve to change, and be able to gauge how much you’ve changed.
  • Secondly, learn from books, school, college, work, job, people, and life. Take in what is good and relevant, and leave the rest.
  • Lastly, practice what you learn. Imbibe the values, and carry them out in your life. Avoid procrastination and lethargy, and actively apply the knowledge you learn.

That’s it. Practice these three steps and see how they change your life and lead you from unhappiness to happiness.

I’ve tried to be brief and keep the article short. I understand that a few topics need explanation or elaboration and I’ll be doing so in my future posts.

And, I also know that my thoughts and views may not cover the topic entirely. So, I ask you to share your mind and contribute to the discussion in the comments section below.

Over to You –

Do you think knowledge has the power to change your life? Do you believe wisdom can lead us to happiness? What steps would you take to change your life with knowledge?


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  1. Yogesh Shinde

    2016-02-25 at 9:22 am

    Hey Harleena Ma’am,

    I love the post. Your sentences are quotes and they are inspiring.

    Knowledge is really important in our life, having knowledge make us wise to take decisions. we have to take decision and prioritize things and the wise person do it well and conquer the life difficulties.

    We gain knowledge from books, people and experiences, I agree. But implementing this knowledge without confusion is important than being knowledgeable.The more we implement it the more we gain it.

    Thanks for this motivation Harleena Ma’am.

    “Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top ups.”
    Peter Davies

    Keep inspiring 🙂

    Yogesh Shinde

  2. dr.dayanand khasdeo

    2014-12-09 at 4:18 pm

    In my opinion the fire inside provokes a person to raise the quality of life that ultimately leads to happiness.knowldge & wisdom are also play a vital role.It is clear that happiness is a matter of our innerself and it has very little to do with something

  3. Sri Varshan

    2014-02-12 at 11:35 am

    Knowledge is Power no doubt in that, but education that we get during our early days of life is of very little use IMHO. I have seen and heard about lots of people who didn’t have proper education but have turned the tables through their hard work and positive attitude towards life.
    Self-realization leads to your destiny and changes your life. I have always remembered the below quote,
    “Never be satisfied with the stories of others. Unfold your own myth.”
    People often learn from books, movies, interviews, real life incidents but never apply them. Applied knowledge and experience gained out that is true wisdom indeed. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post Harleena, have a great day.

  4. Burton

    2013-04-16 at 5:51 am

    I am currently working on changing my life and this post came at just the right time. I couldn’t agree more with the statements you made. But, one thing I am still struggling with is that, what is the best way to get good knowledge. There is so much information out there and everyone claims to be right. It almost hinders me. Any suggestions? Best Regards,Burton

  5. nick catricala

    2013-04-01 at 7:23 am

    Hello Harleena,

    This is my first time here on your blog… I come here after noticing a comment on my friend Donna Merrill post… some how I felt an urge to come to your site and wow, you sure know how to write… and your topics resonate with me very, very much…congratulation on for wonderful virtue 🙂

    I read a few of your other post… and did not comment, but I felt to comment here and let you know this post is just what I needed to read today…and I love to thank you very much… especially for the last part when you simply listed what you need: “Firstly, know yourself. Once you do that, you’ll know what you’ve to change, and be able to gauge how much you’ve changed. Secondly, learn from books, school, college, work, job, people, and life. Take in what is good and relevant, and leave the rest.Lastly, practice what you learn. Imbibe the values, and carry them out in your life. Avoid procrastination and lethargy, and actively apply the knowledge you learn.”

    ALL are so very true and could not resist to comment and let you know I loved the post and look forward to comeback to visit your blog more often.Thanks so much again for rendering such a great service to others and doing it so freely… YOU ARE A WINNER!!!! nickc

  6. Srikanth

    2013-02-24 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Harleena Singh,
    Practice makes us Perfect!! Following the above tips makes us gain some Knowledge regarding our Life!! Thanks For Sharing maam. 🙂

  7. Manickam Vijayabanu

    2013-02-23 at 3:39 am


    Wonderful article and well described. To me, knowledge and experience are the main source to improve your life.

    We should say BIG thanks to science since acquiring knowledge source is not so difficult as before. The universe advancements has given enough room to explore through many ways. It could be from Books, friends, people, teacher, practice, self, passion, job and many more. All you need is the Drive to acquire the knowledge.

    We most of us, exhibit interest only certain level to reach the optimum heights in life. This could be, because we might not define our exact target goal or the lack of knowledge, that you have to have an target point as where you want to be in your life. Either way, Addressing your correct target is the main key and the rest all goes acquiring knowledge and experience to reach the right destination.

    Thanks for sharing the nice article. 🙂

  8. Susan Ekins

    2013-02-22 at 11:53 am

    Change is hard because it brings us out of our comfort zone. But books and insightful blogs such as yours can help. Knowledge from the experts makes change easier. For example, tonight, I was making phone calls on behalf of a capital campaign for my church. This was out of my comfort zone, but a risk I wanted to take. Having a script available as well as people who had done it before was a great help.

  9. Darlene Today

    2013-02-22 at 12:01 am

    “Do you think knowledge has the power to change your life?”

    Yes, as long as your heart is in it.. Head knowledge alone will not cut it, at least not for the long term, which is where it counts.

    Newbie at your site. Lovin’ it.

    ~ darlene 🙂

  10. Ahsan Raza

    2013-02-20 at 9:31 pm

    Harleena, I think luck is also needed with knowledge. For example, people got the knowledge and luck taken them to KBC and they won millions 🙂

  11. Theodore Nwangene

    2013-02-19 at 6:15 am

    You rock Harleena,
    This is my first visit to your blog and i must commend your efforts here, keep it up.

    I also agree on your post about knowledge. It is obvious that knowledge is very essential in order to make it in anything. If one must succeed in anything, he must be knowledgeable about it and that is why they said that…KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

    Thanks for sharing Harleena.

  12. Unknown Mami

    2013-02-19 at 5:47 am

    Timely post for me. I have some choices to make regarding choice in my life and change is not the easiest for me.

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