What is wisdom? The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise:
No person is born wise. As the definition infers it is something that is acquired through:
- experience (life),
- knowledge (education and learning)
- good judgement (choices and decisions).
I would suggest that you can’t gain wisdom from just one of the three listed above. You have to have all three. If the only thing I do is keep my head in a book to learn and gain knowledge, but don’t put it into practice and “experience” the working out of that knowledge, I won’t acquiring wisdom. If I don’t make decisions and see the consequences of those decisions i.e. experience the working, then I won’t add to my wisdom bank.
If I have experience and make good judgements but want to gain more wisdom, then I can learn. And one of the best ways for me to learn is to ask others to help me. Asking for help is NOT a sign of weakness as far as I am concerned. Reality and vulnerability is a sign of strength. Therefore, don’t be afraid to ask. Go against the way of the world which states that you can do it all by yourself. Ask for help.
When was the last time you asked for help – for anything? How did you feel when you asked? What was the response?
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