Consuming a lot of content might make you feel productive, but you won’t get any value until you do something about what you consume.

Data, information, and knowledge are often used interchangeably, but they are three different things.

Data is just facts, which may or may not be useful.

Information is a selection of data collected for some meaning or purpose.

Knowledge connects information with real world application. Knowledge comes from experience.

When you collect data, or consume information, you can fool yourself into thinking you are increasing your knowledge. But knowledge comes only from application. You have to take action on what you learn to turn information into knowledge.

Finally, wisdom is understanding when and where to apply your knowledge (as well as recognizing what you don’t know).

If you’re not careful, the habit of gathering information for its own sake can become a substitute for taking action. This cycle prevents you from ever attaining knowledge, let alone wisdom.