In today’s article you’re going to learn everything you need to know about how to be wise.
Developing wisdom, the most valued trait in almost every culture, is a lifelong process of rigorous analysis and deliberate action.
Read on to learn the most effective strategies for developing your own wisdom.
How To Be Wise Person:
1. Develop a beginner’s mentality.
Do you remember your first encounter with dinosaur bones in a museum? Or the first time you ate a really delicious peach?
Your world got a little bigger then, and you got a little wiser. The Buddhist term ‘beginner’s mind’ refers to a person who is just starting out, full of awe for fresh learning and being pushed again and again.
Always keep an open and inquisitive mind.
Instead of making rash judgments, keep an open mind and remind yourself, “I don’t know what to expect,” which will allow you to learn and grow.
When you strip away preconceived notions about the people, things and circumstances around you, you gain knowledge by absorbing change and new ideas, and you don’t put anyone above or below you.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions.
Learning doesn’t end just because you’ve finished high school or college, or because you have children and want to pass your knowledge on.
Even if you are a master or expert in your profession, you are never done learning.
Because a smart person understands when to learn, a wise person questions their motives, doubts commonly accepted information, and learns to enjoy asking questions in times of ignorance.
When you share your knowledge, you learn more because you become more aware of your own understanding and how you can better structure information.
3. Be gentle with yourself.
Give yourself time to relax and stop the hustle and bustle of the world by being still at least once a day. Being overworked and constantly worrying about being seen as incompetent may make you a model of morality in the workplace, but they don’t make you smart.
Take a breath. Pause. Delight in what an unhurried point of view has to offer.
Use your time to reflect. Instead of getting distracted, devote your free time to learning.
If you find yourself wasting time watching TV or playing video games, consider replacing an hour of TV with an hour of reading or watching a nature program you’ve been meaning to see. Better yet, get outside and take a walk in the woods.
4. Think first, then speak.
You don’t always have to speak in front of a group or contribute just because you can. Smart individuals do not always need to demonstrate their wisdom. Express your opinion if it is required.
It’s not that you should avoid social situations or never talk. Instead, be open to people and be a good listener. Don’t simply wait for your time to speak up because you think you are smarter than the rest of the group. That’s not wisdom, that’s selfishness.
5. Use mentors.
Find people you like who exemplify principles and ideas associated with wisdom. Look for people who are involved in activities you find fascinating and important.
Ask about such people. Pay attention to what they have to say, as you will gain much from their experience and reflection. When in doubt, seek advice and guidance from your mentors; you don’t have to agree with everything they say, but they will certainly give you food for thought.
Mentors don’t have to be successful or someone you want to be like. A bartender, not a maths professor, may be the smartest person you know. See the knowledge in every person (1).
6. Read the whole book.
Read the works of philosophers and social critics. Read comic books. Read adventure books. Read on a computer or mobile device. Get a library card. Read recent poetry. Read as if your life depended on it, develop opinions about what you read, and discuss what you read with others.
Read about your specific areas of interest, whether it is your profession or entertainment. Read about other people’s experiences and how they have dealt with circumstances similar to those you are likely to encounter.
7. Let your mentors know.
The belief that the wise are above others is a fallacy. Wise individuals float above the rest of us in an insensitive bubble of their own creation, unaffected by their feelings. This is not the case.
It is normal to want to talk to someone who will understand if you are angry or unhappy about something. Surround yourself with open-minded, sensitive, intelligent people who can serve as a forum to discuss your ideas. If you are honest with them, they will be honest with you.
8. Be humble in your actions.
Is it a good idea to advertise yourself?
The business and marketing world has made us believe that self-promotion is a necessity, and business jargon often reflects this.
However, there is an important difference between admitting to yourself and others that you are excellent at something and misrepresenting various skills outside your comfort zone in order to remain competitive.
Being humble does not mean a lack of self-esteem; rather, it involves being realistic and highlighting only your strengths and skills. As a result, people will know that they can rely on you for these qualities.
Being humble is wise because it allows you to show your true self. Humility also ensures that you appreciate other people’s talents rather than fear them; the wisdom that comes from recognising your own limitations and using other people’s strengths to complement your own is limitless.
9. Be ready to always help others.
Wise people do not have to live in caves and grow beards in their hermitages to be wise. Share your knowledge with others to help them make decisions.
You can help others learn to think critically, accept their emotions, enjoy lifelong learning and believe in yourself as a mentor and teacher.
Avoid the temptation to use your education as a barrier between you and others. Knowledge should be shared, not hoarded, and can only be gained by learning about other people’s views, no matter how challenging they may be.
10. Recognise and accept your flaws.
The hardest journey is usually the one that requires you to go within yourself and be honest with yourself about what you discover.
Try to identify your own biases (2), beliefs and opinions. It is impossible to be wise if you are not prepared to know yourself and learn to appreciate both your talents and your flaws. Knowing yourself allows you to grow and forgive yourself as you journey through life.
Avoid any self-improvement advice that promises to contain ‘secrets’. The only ‘secret’ to self-improvement is that it requires persistence and hard effort.
Besides, you can tinker around the edges (as the huge success of the self-help industry shows), but you cannot escape the reality that you yourself must do the work of personal introspection and contemplation of the world.
11. Accept the fact that you will never know everything.
Those who admit to knowing very little, after decades of study and reflection, are traditionally considered the smartest.
The more you think about people, things and events, the clearer it becomes that there is always more to learn, and that what you already know is a speck in a vast sea of knowledge. Accepting the limits of your own knowledge is a prerequisite for wisdom.
12.Take responsibility for your actions.
Only you know who you are and only you are responsible for your final decisions. You are not responsible for yourself if you have spent years doing the right thing by someone else’s standards rather than your own.
Change jobs if no one appreciates your skills and look for one where others see the tiger in you. Find your way to a place where you feel comfortable.
Find a way to make money that doesn’t compromise your compassion, care or interests. Wisdom grows from responsibility, which includes learning to accept the consequences of your choices.
Expertise is not the same as wisdom.
Expertise refers to a high degree of knowledge in a certain area, while wisdom refers to the broader concept of understanding the big picture of that information and living with confidence in light of that knowledge.
13. Make your life as simple as possible.
Many people “create” a sense of purpose in their lives by being overly busy and complicating everything from work to love. While complexity can make a person feel significant and desirable, it is not the same as knowledge.
Rather, it’s a way to distract yourself from dealing with the important issues in life, such as figuring out what your purpose is and what life is all about.
Complicity prevents you from reflecting and exposes you to the mysticism of knowledge, making things more difficult than they should be. Wisdom will develop if you keep things simple.
As you gain experience in a subject, it should become easier and easier to understand. If something still seems complicated to you, it is possible that you do not understand the basic building blocks of the subject.
I want to thank you for taking the time to read my article about how to be wise. I sincerely hope its contents have been a good help to you.