How do we seek wisdom and really become wiser? The Bible says, my son, listen to your father when he corrects you and don’t ignore what your mother teaches you. Those are pearls of wisdom. In today’s technology-driven world we often neglect the wisdom that our elders impart to us. Wisdom comes with age. According to the study, older people make better decisions than young adults. Younger people tend to be impulsive.
Wisdom is acquired through experience. Experience of your own and those of others. If you are interested in trying new things, get out there and try it out. This is your chance to learn, make mistakes, and reflect on the experience. Every time you try a new experience you become wiser.
How to gain wisdom and become wiser.
- Get out of your comfort zone. Try to do things you think you can’t. Believe in yourself that you can and you can do it.
- Reach out to people. Talk to people. The more diverse the better. You will be surprised by how much you will learn from other perspectives on things. Try to connect on a deeper level with people.
- Be a good listener. Try to ask more questions to find out more and pay attention to their answers. Every conversation gives you the chance to understand someone better and broaden your views.
- Be open-minded. Remember, different folks, different strokes. People come from varied backgrounds and environments. Try to consider from every angle and understand where they are coming from. Everyone has a story to tell.
- Read. Read as much as you can. It is a way to absorb other people’s perspectives.
- Find a mentor. Mentors provide information and knowledge. They see where we need to improve where we often can’t. They also have the wisdom because of the experiences they have that we can learn from
- Everyone is fallible. You have to realize that nobody is perfect. Everyone commits mistakes or fails at one point in their lives.
Put wisdom into practice and become wiser. In the virtual world, think before you click. Before posting or reacting to something in social media, think. Weigh the pros and cons, taking your experience as well as other advice into consideration. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. That’s wisdom in action. That is you becoming wiser.
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