I needed a new word, so I just made one.
intek: hybrid of "internalize" and ancient Greek "teknik"
intek: To go from a state of knowing a craft or skill theoretically to knowing how to perform that craft or skill in the real world.
I was sitting in Pacific Coffee thinking about business. There's a lot of things I know in a theoretical sense right now, but I haven't built into myself to the point where they're running smoothly. The same concept could apply to anything that needs real world practice - you know something in theory, but in practice you're still doing it wrong.
As far as I know, there's no great word for this. Before "intek", you have theoretical knowledge. After intekking, you can now do in the real world and really know it at a deeper and more meaningful level.
I predict this word will enter specialized usage in the next 3-5 years, and common usage within 20-30 years. Mind you, I don't create words lightly, but I think we need this one. My friend Brendon's updating me on one of his projects and I'm giving him some thoughts. He just wrote in an email: "I made many mistakes this week... [list of a few mistakes]... I need to [do things correctly]... I know this stuff."
That's actively going through the intek process. He knows theoretically, and yet, he's not doing. Yet. But he's intekking, so he'll be doing it correctly soon. I've got some skills I know at an abstract, theoretical level, but I need to intek them to keep making progress.
Enjoy the word! For you historical people, it was coined 2 August 2010 in the Pacific Coffee in the Shun Tak Center, Hong Kong Island. There's different romanizations of the Greek, but the general thing that "technical" or "technique" is derived from means roughly craft, skill, art, discipline, learned ability in Greek. These could be understood theoretically but still not able to be put into practice until the person who learned inteks their new skills.
I just discovered your site, and really love the piece on walking. I just got back from a walk actually.
I believe intek is a near synonym of the word ENTELECHY, which coincidentally is one of my favorite words, and was coined by Aristotle. Read more about it here http://barefootrunninguniversity.com/2012/07/12/overheating-because-of-moisture-wicking-fabric-could-this-have-caused-the-bighorn-catastrophe/
I discovered it reading SPIN Selling, and it was used to describe the process of making theoretical knowledge into applied habit.
Thanks for writing. Cheers!
About three weeks ago, I recognized a common phenomenon that's hard to describe.
A lot of times, you know something, but you're not doing it. Or you're not living it regularly.
When you come across information you've already read or seen, the temptation is to say, "I already know this." Okay, you know it - but are you living what you know? If not, you might want to keep studying and practicing on that topic, even if you feel like you "know" it.
When I start reading a book on managing money, or managing time, or setting goals, sometimes I have a reaction. I say, "I already know this." But then I stop myself. Stop. And I ask, "Am I living it?" Okay, I need some goals and I need to look at them regularly. Am I doing it? If not, I'll re-read the section, or watch another video on it.
I'll be honest - it's somewhat boring going through information you've already come across. But it's necessary if you're not doing/living it.
I remember when I first became interested in personal development. Like many people I tried to read every book that came out in an effort to “learn it all.” I never took action on the things I “learned” because I figured that if I just kept reading I’d become a genius and things would just fall into place.
But they never did. Something I didn’t understand, was that there’s a difference between “learning” a lesson and internalizing it.
Think back to when you took Driver’s Ed in high school. You likely spent a couple weeks in a classroom “learning” the rules of the road and how to drive, but what happened the first time you actually got behind the wheel?
If you’re like most people you were probably a horrible driver. Why? Because all you learned in the classroom was theory. Unfortunately for your teenage self, theoretical knowledge doesn’t produce results. Experience does.
You can “know” all the theory in the world, but without experience that knowledge is worthless. Reading books is great, but you’ll never internalize, and understand things on a deep level until you gain reference experiences by actually going out and doing them.