About three weeks ago, I recognized a common phenomenon that's hard to describe.
A lot of times, you know something, but you're not doing it. Or you're not living it regularly.
When you come across information you've already read or seen, the temptation is to say, "I already know this." Okay, you know it - but are you living what you know? If not, you might want to keep studying and practicing on that topic, even if you feel like you "know" it.
When I start reading a book on managing money, or managing time, or setting goals, sometimes I have a reaction. I say, "I already know this." But then I stop myself. Stop. And I ask, "Am I living it?" Okay, I need some goals and I need to look at them regularly. Am I doing it? If not, I'll re-read the section, or watch another video on it.
I'll be honest - it's somewhat boring going through information you've already come across. But it's necessary if you're not doing/living it.
About three weeks ago, I realized we need a word for this. Turning theoretical knowledge into real world application. Hence, intek was born. Already, my friends are starting to use the word, because it's really valuable. I was having a conversation with a businessman friend of mine, and he was talking about how one of the guys managing a division at his company says "Yeah, yeah, I know I know" when they talk about incentives, but yet, he doesn't have good incentives and rewards set up. So, maybe he knows it, but he's not doing it.
A lot of times I'd be getting taught something, and after my teacher or instructor explained it, I'd say "Yeah, yeah, I got it" - but then I couldn't do it later. Now, I'm getting more comfortable going over information five, six, seven times if it's something I need to internalize, then following up with more study/practice of it later.
That's intek. The word is a hybrid of “internalize” and ancient Greek “teknik.” Intek is the process of turning a theoretical understanding of a skill, craft, art, knowledge, or discipline into being able to do it and live it in the real world. So, you probably know you need some goals. Yeah, yeah, I know that. But are you doing it? If not, stick with it, be open to hearing the same information again until it clicks and you start doing it more.
Don't just read about martial arts, or metalworking, or aesthetics, or whatever - go out and try it in the real world. Intek. Go from knowing knowledge to doing knowledge to living knowledge. Intek. Thinking of it like this will change your life.
Well, if anybody needs any time-honored examples: knowledge *is* action according to both Socrates and Wang Yangming. Lack of the action according to knowledge means there is no knowledge.
And I dedicate that to myself...
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This article made me wonder if you've ever read about this: http://www.businessballs.com/consciouscompetencelearningmodel.htm#conscious-competence-matrix
I hope it helps to
Expand your thinking on the subject.
This was the first article that I read on your blog and I must say that I enjoyed it! I caught myself atleast twice after I read your article on how much I keep saying in my mind "Oh yeah - I know it" :)
I will keep this in mind and start "living it" from next time!
“How learning can get in the way of earning – A surprising confession.”
Saving this blog post for a morning read... Love the quote above though.
Hi Sebastian. Love this concept. Well said. A reader on my blog shared this article with me after reading something I posted on similar vein of thought: "How learning can get in the way of earning – A surprising confession." Good thoughts. Thank you for sharing.
Awesome post, really enjoyed it. I have been looking for the word to describe what you beautifully encapsulated in the word intek.
I think we see this across many disciplines but from the technology perspective this is a prevalent given the plethora of technologies and methodologies. In my personal experience i have found that i learn and understand alot but only have practical real world skills in certain areas of tech. This becomes a problem and is easily visible when one goes out to interview.
Lots of people that i have interviewed have gone through cramming sessions similar to when one is taking finals in school and are just reciting what they have read in books. When i dig deeper into the area in question, you can tell they have not intek'ed anything... sad but true; i myself have found myself in this boat and refuse to ride in it any longer. As the bible says "many of hearers of the word but no doers of the word" Time to intek it life is short! Thanks
I'm actually going to start using that word.
One thing I constantly wonder about, is that I know that every day could be my last, but I don't Know that. I know it intelectually, but I don't Know it. If I could actually Know that on a daily basis, my entire life would be completely different.
Another thing about intek is that when you know something but you aren't living it, if you don't refresh your memory of it or read about it again, you will forget it. But if you are living the concept every day and it becomes a habit, it will be ingrained in your very being and you will never forget it (as long as the habit continues).
Thanks for the post. I'm going to make sure I don't have intek about the word intek by using it tomorrah
I needed a new word, so I just made one.
intek: hybrid of "internalize" and ancient Greek "teknik"
intek: To go from a state of knowing a craft or skill theoretically to knowing how to perform that craft or skill in the real world.
I was sitting in Pacific Coffee thinking about business. There's a lot of things I know in a theoretical sense right now, but I haven't built into myself to the point where they're running smoothly. The same concept could apply to anything that needs real world practice - you know something in theory, but in practice you're still doing it wrong.
As far as I know, there's no great word for this. Before "intek", you have theoretical knowledge. After intekking, you can now do in the real world and really know it at a deeper and more meaningful level.
Greetings my friends, and a Happy Zen Wednesday to you all! The zen quote resonating with me today:
"I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul." ~ Rumi.
In my last post I wrote about decision fatigue and my having to come to terms with the fact that, while I have the power and opportunity to do what I want, I cannot do it all at one time (at least not if I expect to do it well). This means I have some choices to make, and like Rumi says, figuring out who you are, and what you want to do, be and create in this life isn’t something you can find in a book, it’s something you have to work out on your own.
I’ll admit, I had some lofty goals for myself when I left the corporate world…I’m going to read a ton of books, meditate every day, start making more things from “scratch” like salad dressing, pickles, etc., get into amazing shape, travel (a lot), lose weight, start dancing again, learn to play the guitar, write a book, turn my blog into a website, learn to paint, get paid for consulting….and on and on. It’s an impressive list, and all things I really want to do; but I realize now that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Plus, if I try and flip back and forth between all these different activities, I end up doing a lot of stuff half -*ssed, and don’t ever bring my full focus and attention to the task at hand.
Recognizing this, I’ve got to whittle down the goal list to something more manageable before I go insane, or end up spinning my wheels and getting nowhere. I also need to make my goals more actionable, rather than aspirational. They need to be something I can actually DO and they need to be very specific. For example, “get in amazing shape” and “lose weight” are aspirational, certainly…but they are also too vague and too big to be achievable from the get-go, which (when I don’t wake up fitter and thinner tomorrow) will just demotivate me and make me want to throw in the towel. I know this about myself, and I need to acknowledge my “all or nothing” tendencies and work them into my goal planning.