To Know

AUTHOR: Zach Lantelme

In Spanish, there are two words for “to know”.  Saber and Conocer.   

Saber equates with knowing facts.

Conocer translates to being familiar with something.
 

And there is the rub: The “know”.    

When I came down to Submerge in Ecuador, I would put myself in the first category.  I know a lot of information. In fact, in the first few days of the course, we met with Greg Baca, who would be leading the program and teaching many of the classes. He started talking about books that we will go through. Books like Rich Dad, Poor Dad and The E-Myth Revisited.

Truth be told, I freaked out internally because I already “knew” what he was talking about.  I already read those books.


But whatever, I might know in book knowledge. I only “sé” and do not “conozco”.  I “know” Spanish on paper, but it does not flow out of me when I speak. I “know” how to have passive income, but right now, I could not design my life to depend on that revenue because it doesn’t exist.

But in this program, I’ve watched Greg walk out the principles of The E-Myth Revisited in the structure of Submerge. I’ve seen my friend Lindsey (who works for herself) employ strategies of goal setting that I’ve read countless times, but hardly implemented. I’ve seen Ashley learn web design and then a week later set up a web page calling for donations to assist in disaster relief from the recent earthquake that rocked the country we currently call home.  

I mean, what good is knowledge if it sits in your head? What good is knowing the ins and outs of Photoshop if you never create? What good is knowing the theory of website design if you never choose to lay it out and press “Go Live”.  


To have knowledge without application is trivial.  

But if you do apply it, fellow journeyer,  you can design your very dreams. This could look like

  • Signing up for Spanish lessons to start learning Spanish, and then actually talking in Spanish.

  • Putting $10 per paycheck aside so you have a travel fund, and then buying the plane ticket at the end of the year.

  • Setting aside 30 minutes a day to write, and then writing in that time.

  • Listening to aPodcast, and then implementing one thing you heard.


The list would go on and on. Whatever is personal to you, you must act. Make a plan and follow the steps. And when you act and continue to act, you will learn to live your dreams.  

If you are ready to act, then take the first step and fill out the form below.  One of our Submerge representatives will contact you on how spending a semester overseas can help propel you towards living the life of your dreams. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Zach Lantelme is a member of the Production team for Submerge.  He and his wife, Anna, currently live in Quito, Ecuador,  but call Denver, Colorado their home.     He cut his teeth writing common-sense personal finance blogs, and has moved on to travel writing and goal setting.  He and his wife love doing outdoorsy activities, like snowboarding and rock climbing, but his favorite pastime is reading suspense-thrillers while drinking hot chocolate.     

Zach Lantelme is a member of the Production team for Submerge.  He and his wife, Anna, currently live in Quito, Ecuador,  but call Denver, Colorado their home.     He cut his teeth writing common-sense personal finance blogs, and has moved on to travel writing and goal setting.  He and his wife love doing outdoorsy activities, like snowboarding and rock climbing, but his favorite pastime is reading suspense-thrillers while drinking hot chocolate.