Is knowledge without achievements or recognition worthless?In this materialistic world where we live today, the only thing that matters is the result and achievement, no matter how you achieve it or what path you follow to achieve it. People do respect the knowledge and a knowledgeable person but if that person does not reach some kind of peak or zenith which he could have achieved, his knowledge is often considered as worthless.
If a person is knowledgeable but fails to execute it in the form of an achievement, does his knowledge become worthless? Recently I met an old IAS aspirant who was frustrated over the issue as he couldn't crack the exam and was now facing the society's taunting nature. There are many IAS aspirants who gain much knowledge as part of their preparation but when they can't crack the exams they are often considered worthless by the society for wasting their time and money over an unachievable dream. So in a way, to showcase that they have really acquired the knowledge, they need some sort of certification or achievement.
Is it correct to consider such knowledge acquired worthless if one is not able to achieve something? What do you think about this?