“The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~Socrates
Would you like to know how to become more intelligent and grow in wisdom?
If so, the following guide might come in handy.
How to Be Wise: A Practical Guide
Here are five “secrets” to assist you in your journey to wisdom. If you put them into practice, they can completely change the direction of your life, in a tremendously positive way:
1. Doubt tradition. The first step to becoming wise is to doubt the beliefs that have been forced upon you by tradition. Any ideology — whether religious, philosophical, political, and so on — that doesn’t sprout from your own understanding, should be sincerely questioned and scrutinized — if not, your ideologies will keep you imprisoned in blind belief and ignorance.
2. Seek knowledge. After you’ve doubted traditional beliefs and dogmas, you’ll be ready to start your journey towards knowledge. Seek to acquire knowledge from anywhere you can, whether that is from books, podcasts, documentaries or anything else that you find helpful — but always remember to think critically and be open to change.
3. Apply your knowledge. Knowledge can turn into wisdom only after it’s applied, otherwise it is just an unnecessary burden. Many people like to boast about their knowledge and they preach theory a lot, but they rarely practice what they preach. If you want to find out whether what know is useful or not, be sure to practice it in your day-to-day life.
4. Learn from your mistakes. Once you apply your knowledge, it’s very likely that you’ll make plenty of mistakes. Society has conditioned us to believe that making mistakes is some sort of an evil thing that we need to avoid at all costs. On the contrary, highly intelligent people have realized that making mistakes is exactly what is helping us to become better problem solvers. How? By showing us what is right from wrong, and thus allowing us to make better choices in life.
5. Let go of the past. No matter how many mistakes you’ve made in the past, or how many times you’ve failed, the here and now is what matters most. Nobody is perfect and failure is a necessary part of life. So learn from your past, but don’t be attached to it — always move forward, no matter what. Learning to let go of the past will give you the freedom to adapt to change and evolve, regardless of the obstacles you might come across along your way.
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” ~Albert Einstein
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