Knowledge is so important, everyone seems to know that, however many people don't bother gaining it. The value in true knowledge is that it extends beyond the learning event. As I current put myself through some serious exam related topics for a certification I can see that a root problem here is that people cram 'data' but not knowledge. A recent example of knowledge came through my DIY projects at home. I swapped out a bathroom ceiling fan in what turned into a massive project. It may seem trivial to you, but it was pretty epic. The problem was that I bought a super dooper ceiling fan, it actually turned out to have 3 different switches (main light, night light and fan) built into it, and I only had 1 switch on my wall. The solution I came up with was to trace the internal wiring and combine them into just a single circuit. Original Fan Figured out where all the lines lead to, and combine them into master Black, White, Green: I had to then create a bigger space in order to accept the larger unit, and add in a brace of wood which I would use to attach the fan to the ceiling: When I got the fan secured, there was now a large hole in my ceiling, before I fixed that and closed in the unit I decided to get everything working on the other end first.... I cut a second hole from the attic in order to be able to adjust the fan and attach the ventilation tube. I ran the tube under the false flooring (drywall) and out of the box you see below. Having closed up the drywall by just putting a large sheet on top and screwing it down. The next step was to lay new insulation around this, and then screw down boards to walk on: Once secure, I headed back down to 'clean up' that giant hole that was in my bathroom ceiling. I cut out some dry wall to fill the majority of the space, and used joint compound (mud) to fill in the cracks. The first coat of compound was a bit ugly, but after coat #3 the ceiling required almost no sanding before applying ceiling paint. The finished product: Was it worth the hassle? This simple job of swapping out a fan actually took me about 3 days to complete, that is the way of things when multitasking. I probably spent about 6hrs of time doing this. In the end, I got a new fan. But I also got knowledge. I learned the confidence to splice around with electric wiring, a day later I changed over 3 different light fixtures using similar skills, adapting them to it into existing housing. I learned that my attic insulation was old, had mouse poop in it, and was thin in places. 3 of the 6 hours were spent ripping it out and installing brand new, top grade insulation. Overall, I gained confidence in my abilities to handle problems like this. Whereas it might seem logical to outsource all these jobs that are outside of our wheelhouse and focus on 'the core job' we have, sometimes doing something that seems laborous and time consuming adds massive value. I gained a really strong knowledge of my attic space, If a laborer had been hired for the job they may or may not have noted that new insulation would be a good idea, whereas now I really know where the strengths and weaknesses are here. It is knowledge beyond the moment. This is something that worries me somewhat with the mindset to MS too... people might say 'go earn $250 in MS and pay a guy' but there is no knowledge from MS (if spoonfed) so you are spending your time and not gaining knowledge beyond the moment. If you have 'invested' 500 hours standing in line at a Walmart you might well have gained some great skills in learning when to huff and puff and roll your eyes... but when Walmart stops allowing your money order transactions, where are those skills being put to use? It is important to factor in the forward value of knowledge when considering the value of your time, and also, it feels pretty good to be able to fix things yourself.