Socrates once said “Knowledge is virtue.” From a similar perspective, I say knowledge is power.
However, instead of what many assume, knowledge is much more than what you see on Wikipedia definitions. Reading and searching helps you until a point. After that, you have to be able to see what no one sees, perceive what no one understands. You have to expect the unexpected, ready to tackle any issue that arises. On top of meeting the expectations, you have to push your limits. You have to be authentic, thinking outside the box in order to create a difference.
Reading books isn’t enough; you have to use the books you read to read the minds of the people you encounter.
For me, a person you has succeeded in life is a person who was able to read the minds of people. No matter how talented we are, we are living with people as a part of a community. We live in a world where the knowledge that the society doesn’t want to use has no worth at all, no matter how precious it is.
There are no instructions to read the mind’s of people. For some it passes through psychology, for some philosophy, while for some the art of rhetoric. But regardless of which path you chose, you have to touch to other people’s lives in order to succeed.