2 Keys to Wisdom

Wisdom is something I’m sure each of us would find useful in life!  But how do you get wise?  Here are 2 keys to wisdom that can help you pursue wisdom. But before we talk about how to pursue wisdom, is it even something you want?  The word wisdom has been used so much it may seem commonplace.  Or perhaps you see wisdom as elusive and something you either have or you don’t. Wisdom is something you can take steps to increase but before doing so you need to determine what the value would for you to expend the effort.

Benefits of Wisdom

Through wisdom you can make better choices.  These well made choices can improve the quality of your life.  Add enough good choices together and see the benefits they produce and your confidence is sure to increase.

As others see your wise choices they are likely to seek you out for advice.  Not only will wisdom have you be a better help to yourself but more helpful to those you love around you.

1. Prudence

The dictionary defines prudence as caution with regard to practical matters and a provident care in regards to resource management.pillars6 Giving careful attention to each decision you make will help you make a better decision.  If you feel rushed into a decision stop and think about if you really have to make the decision so quickly. The opposite of prudence is rashness.  Many sales schemes encourage people to be rash in their purchase decisions because they know that if the product or service is something you don’t really need you will likely decide against it given time to carefully consider the decision.

2. Knowledge and Discretion

Gaining more knowledge about something can help you to make better decisions just by being more educated on the subject.  While knowledge alone does not make you wise you can develop more wisdom by how you apply the knowledge you learn.

Discretion is defined by the dictionary as being judicious with one’s conduct and speech, especially when it comes to respect for privacy about delicate matters. Just like taking a moment to think through a decision before you make it you should also think a moment about the outcome of the words you are about to say.

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Proverbs 1:7 says, “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

  • Brian Knight

    Great post Victor, I totally agree. One of many examples that comes to mind is buying a car. Some people wake up and go buy a car that same day without doing any research. They got to have it now. Instead they should do some research and take their time to find the right car at a great price.

    • http://liferebalanced.com/ Victor Illian

      Yeah, I can’t imagine not doing a lot of research when buying a car. I’ve found the more research and price comparison I do when buying a car the more satisfied I am once I buy it. I may not have as much of that “impulse buzz” but my satisfaction over the last car I bought several years ago has still not worn off.

  • http://www.MakingTheComeback.com/ Travis Scott

    Nice post…I heard that knowledge is knowing tomatoes are a fruit, but knowledge is knowing not to put them in a fruit salad!

    • http://liferebalanced.com/ Victor Illian

      I had not heard that expression – that is a good way to think of it. Thanks for sharing that Travis!