The Knowledge Mortgage

One of the common questions I get is this: I need to study to get a job, and I do not see how learning all this theory stuff is helpful. It’s time to take this line of thinking on with a look at the concept of a learning (or knowledge) mortgage.

Cross posted to Network Career


  1. Steven McNutt on 8 August 2017 at 1:49 pm

    This is really cool. Love the analogy.

    My personal take is learning ‘recipes’ for designing, building, and configuring things is pretty quick and easy, but you’re depending heavily on memorization, which is problematic because we tend to forget what we don’t use. If one invests in understanding the theory and principles, you can look at something and see underlying principles at work. It’s a lot easier to retain theory and principles long term for a number of reasons, not the least of which is you see them at work all around you as they get used and re-used in all kinds of things.

    • Russ on 11 August 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and watching! This is another factor — understanding the principles means you know what questions to ask, rather than just looking for something you can configure. This is really important in a world full of change.



  2. stephenski on 11 August 2017 at 3:49 am

    I love Your passion and agree wholeheartedly agree with you

    • Russ on 11 August 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks for dropping by and watching!



  3. theLANtamer (@theLANtamer) on 16 August 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Great video! I’ll be including this as one of my LOTD (Links of the Day) on my youtube vlog site, for sure.