The Knowledge Paradigm
Knowledge truly is the best treasure. It is like a bank account that can be added to, but once you take money out, it is automatically replaced with more than what was used. Knowledge is potential power. Practice is the power derived from that knowledge.
Being, Knowing, Doing - You cannot Do until you Know, and you cannot Know until you Be. Become a scholar, then fill your head with correct knowledge, then practice what you have learned. This leads to becoming more, which leads to the acquisition of more knowledge, which leads to doing more. Spiral upward, not down. Become more and more until you are like him.