Knowledge is used to solve problems, create new realities, and fuel progress. It is powerful and necessary. However, knowledge can also be used to abuse others and fabricate an illusion of certainty to hide our incapability to manage uncertainty. In such cases, knowledge becomes useless—sometimes even counterproductive. It becomes, in fact, just a vehicle to express our conceit and fear.
A distinction is the realization of an important difference between two ideas, concepts, or people, thus significantly increasing our understanding of a situation, problem, or person. In my book “The Seventh Distinction,” I introduce seven important distinctions regarding human individuality, human organizations, and the world as a whole. These distinctions help us better understand our daily challenges by providing us with a clearer picture of the world within us and around us. By the same token, these distinctions also provide us with seven powerful keys to help us overcome our challenges and be successful.