The Crook And The Flail: 5 Lessons From Ancient Kemet That Will Make You A More Powerful Black Leader

2. Black Leaders Dont Just Learn – They Do

Examine every matter that you may understand it. Do not say I am learned but rather set yourself to become wise…It is in the development of character that instruction succeeds. – The Book of Ankhsheshonqui

Our Ancestors teach us in the passage above that without both learning and wisdom, a Suten is limited in their ability to lead.

Learning is the process of gaining knowledge or acquiring a skill. However, that is only part of the process. Wisdom is the combination of learning, experience, and good judgement.

Selections from the Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt
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Selections from the Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt
  • Maulana Karenga
  • Publisher: Univ of Sankore Pr
  • Edition no. 2 (06/01/1989)

In other words, you must put what you learn into action in real time, analyze the results, and use the outcome to make better decisions in the future.

The sooner you stop learning and start doing, the sooner you cultivate the wisdom you need to lead.

It is just as important to understand that not every skill is useful and not all knowledge is relevant. You only have so much time and energy to devote to learning and practice. Make sure that you are giving that energy to the knowledge that is most relevant and useful to your desired outcome.

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Written by Asad Malik

Asad is the Executive Officer of The Pan-African Alliance, and the Founder of United Black America.

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