Information is not Enough

Information is not Enough

By Collin Rhoade


Photo Credit: Blaire McReynolds

We live in a time where information is more readily available than ever before. Anything we want to know is literally a click away.

When it comes to solving a problem, we usually seek new information. How to get out of debt? How to be successful? How to lose weight? How to be happier?

But if we have all this information at our fingertips, why are we still in debt? Still don’t feel successful? Still unhappy with our bodies? Or still not happy?

The answer: Information is not enough.

Information only gets us so far. To make lasting change, we need something else. We need something that’s harder earned.


We need to get out there and go try it. We need to risk, to feel it, to come face to face with it.

We need challenge, and we need support.

We need to fail, and we need to experience the thrill of success.

We need to touch the earth, find ourselves, and find others.

With every experience, there is always an, “Ok, here I go” moment. We have to decide to take the first step, not fully knowing what lies ahead.

To quote Theodore Roosevelt, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena”.

We need to say “Yes” to stepping into the arena. And if we do, we will come away as someone who is more than he or she was yesterday.

So, go. Get out there. Be willing to fail. Ask for support. Take a risk. Get lost. Find your way back. And share your story. Because by sharing your story, you will encourage someone else to go beyond information and step into experience.