It’s Day 11 to your MAX POTENTIAL!
“Wisdom With Which to Understand People” is #11 on Napoleon Hills’ list for real riches.
Definition of wisdom is “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.”
Wisdom has nothing to do with how much time has passed and everything to do with how much intelligent reflection you did during that time. In the words of the wise philosopher, Indiana Jones, “It’s not the years – it’s the mileage.”
Unlike what we used to believe that wisdom comes with age, it can be acquired.
So, how can we acquire wisdom, and can we expedite its acquisition?
In The Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu wrote, “He who knows other is smart – but he who knows himself is wise.”
Acquiring wisdom is a very personal quest. It is only through our own experiences, learning how to cope with the major tragedies and dilemmas embedded within life’s journey, that we will discover our own capacities and learn how to create wisdom.
In today’s digital age, attaining wisdom is ever so challenging. Being aware of the increasing difficulty in finding the time and mental space for making meaningful connections is the key. Engaging in deep conversations, reflection, emotional awareness, empathy, and compassion are necessary in its pursuit.
Taking the time to reflect on our past experiences and being open to new ways of thinking, essentially challenging the status quo, can be a hallmark of wisdom and help to cultivate it.
Balance is also a key component. While we can reach for riches and thrive on our own path to success it is necessary to recognize the importance of acting on the behalf of the common good and striving for harmony among competing demands and goals.
As we seek to understand others and their motives, we develop a sense of understanding and respect for others, from this space we can have a fulfilling sense of purpose.
So why is any of this important to our success?
Let me ask you…Has any successful person in business, politics, science, or any other profession managed to achieve his/her success without a solid understanding of human nature?
Throughout history, successful people who has possessed wealth mastered the skill of drawing others to themselves. These figures achieved this goal in a way that benefitted all who gathered around them. In doing so, they also benefitted themselves.
Max your potential question: What can you do daily that can help you cultivate self-reflection and acquire wisdom?