In his book The Seven Decisions, Andrews talks about the second decision, The Guided decision is to seek wisdom. If we want to make good decisions toward our goals and success, we need to have as much wisdom as we can acquire. And he talks about three ways to get wisdom.
The first way is to read. Okay, people don’t like to read, but that’s not a good excuse to not seek wisdom. Books cover a lot of life’s lessons. It is a great way to learn what others have learned and are now passing on to you. There is no need to have to learn everything on your own. Once you know a stove top is hot because someone got burned usually keeps us from burning ourselves. One point, children like to say they want to learn things on their own by experiencing things. But this is only on the things they think will feel good, like drinking or drugs. They are willing to learn from others when they think it will not feel good.
There is a lot of knowledge in books. That is why I am writing this blog. I’ve learned a great deal and just want to pass it on as best I can. So if you don’t like to read, start getting things in a condensed version to give you the information you want and need to have. I read books on spirituality, leadership, parenting and overall success in relationships and life. And I want to share this wisdom with others.
Besides reading, you can listen to audio books. And you can do that in many ways. I used to listen to books and seminars on tape in my car. You can listen to audio books while you cook, clean or do any other chore. You can listen while you run for your health. Where there is will there is a way.
A second way to get wisdom is through association with other people. Sometimes that’s in a mentorship situation, sometimes it is simply the friends you work with or hang around with. Ask yourself “What can I learn from them.” If the answer is nothing, why are you hanging around with them? There is an old saying that you are who you hang around with, or you are the composite of the five people you spend the most time with. That is not only true for children, but for us as adults. Who do you hang around with?
The third idea is to serve people. By serving people, we will come in contact with others. You never know who you will meet and what they can teach you.
There is also the Book in the Bible called Proverbs. This book focuses on Wisdom and why it is important to accumulate wisdom. One of the points it makes is that knowledge is not wisdom. When this book was written a long time ago wisdom was defined as knowledge put into practice. In fact, someone that had knowledge but did not act on it was called a fool. Check out the Book of Proverbs, lots of enlightening ideas.
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