• Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

Head Knowledge vs Heart Knowledge

How many times have you been trying to help someone and they replied by saying, “Yeah, I know, I know.” Or how many times have we been the one that replied to the person trying to help with the empty response of, “I know, I know.”

I did it for years and years, and then I got to thinking.

Having been in recovery for over a decade and worked with countless people to help them live the best recovery possible, I can not tell you how many times people still caught in addiction have replied to a statement or question with the "perfect answer". This all too common reoccurrence helped me begin to recognize something.

The reality between head knowledge and heart knowledge is vastly different. I can sit down and memorize a book on how to make money. But when is it that I have the evidence of how to make money? When I have, and am, making money.

The point being, you don’t know what it is you think you know until the evidence of that head knowledge can be found in your life. I call this evidence, heart knowledge.

I now work with people in recovery with most of my time and energy. I hear the response often, “I could teach those Recovery classes in rehabs and group meetings.” My reply? “No, you can’t. You can repeat head knowledge that someone taught you, but until the evidence of that knowledge can be found in your life you have been suckered by the curse of knowledge.”

Knowledge is great. I read countless books, I listen to podcasts and I regularly and intentionally set out to challenge myself and grow. But the learning (book smarts) is the beginning, not the end. The bottom line is this, you learn by putting the knowledge into action and figuring it out as you go.

It should bother us more than it does that we have people teaching college courses about business, that have never owned or run a business. I mean, isn’t that common sense.

I’m not declaring that just because someone hasn’t owned or run a business that they couldn’t share some valuable information about the principles of business. But the fact remains, until the people they are teaching put the head knowledge to use they don’t know what they think they know.

When it comes to recovery from a lifestyle of deadly addiction head knowledge can be greatly beneficial, but only when put into action. It’s when the head knowledge is balanced with heart knowledge that balance and transformation become real.