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Summary of Main Ideas

Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a lifelong learner. I am a firm believer in the fact that you should always be learning.


And I know of no greater source of wisdom than the Proverbs. Even if you’re not religious, the Proverbs are loaded with wisdom for everyday life. There are 31 of them, so every day, I read that day’s corresponding Proverb.

 

In the pursuit of wisdom, here are 6 lessons on how to truly grow in wisdom every single day.

 

W: Write it down for your future self.

 

What you’re learning today may not be directly applicable to your current situation, but one day, it will be. One day, you will need that knowledge.

If you learn how to learn today, you will always be ready to learn, and you will have a fountain of knowledge to draw from.

 

I: Intentionally ask questions.

 

In every single situation you’re in, wherever you are, ask questions. Be curious and try to figure out the “why.” Let curiosity drive you to always seek to understand why things are they way that they are.

 

S: See it from a different perspective.

 

When you find yourself saying, “I just can’t see how someone could ____,” ask yourself how would someone else see it. Play the devil’s advocate.


Even if it doesn’t change your opinion, and it likely won’t, it will help you to get a better grasp on why it is that you believe the thing that you believe.


Seek to understand before you seek to be understood.

 

D: Don’t assume that you know it all.

 

Remember that you aren’t the smartest person in the world. Other people have learned and experienced things that you can’t fathom, so let them teach you.

 

By being humble, you are allowing yourself to be placed in a position where you can constantly grow and learn and be taught.

 

O: Opportunity is everywhere.

 

If you don’t hear opportunity knocking, it’s not because it’s not there, it’s because you've not built any doors for it to knock on.

 

Most people only see the obvious opportunities, while wise people see opportunity everywhere.

 

M: Make gratitude your attitude.

 

Let your default position be one of thanks, of trustworthiness, of assuming best intentions, and of positivity.

 

The wisest people have the best, richest, fullest lives. Because they recognize that life is happening for them and not to them.


Quotes

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” William Shakespeare

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Aristotle


Reflection Questions

  1. What are you learning today that may be for your future self?

  2. When was the last time you truly tried to see something from another person’s perspective?

  3. Where are you overlooking the opportunities in front of you because you simply aren’t looking hard enough for them?

  4. When was the last time were truly thankful?