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Knowledge vs. wisdom

August 12th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

I don’t care how much you know or how smart you think you are – knowledge is useless unless you apply it in the right way, at the right time and in the right proportion. I can’t tell you how many people I have met during my world travels speaking to a variety of audience how many people in the room thought they were the “smartest person in the room” – I know I wasn’t.

Got a degree? A PhD? A college drop out? Whatever – it isn’t what you know that matters in a rapidly changing world – it is how you blend your knowledge with experience, understanding, reality and objectives that really determines your ability to live with common sense, humility, compassion and yes wisdom.

Proverbs has dozens of comments on wisdom or the opposite – foolishness. I’m not suggesting you have to be a Scripture Guru to get it but there are lots of suggestions and ideas to ponder.

 Information and knowledge is overrated today – just look at the issues, problems or challenges that so called smart people deal with on a daily basis. Having said this – you can’t gain wisdom if you don’t have knowledge so the challenge is to focus on the right knowledge that will better guide your life journey and your career, business or relationships.

Yes, we all need more and/or new knowledge and I’m not talking here about spending hours every day searching or trolling the internet for solutions, ideas or information. When too much of the wrong information clutters your brain you have less room for right or relevant information.

The world today is overloaded with information and I will guarantee that you are guilty of pursuing more of it every day. Great, but again the question – are you integrating the right information in the right way to improve the quality of your life?

Wisdom is the outcome of using the combination of knowledge, experience and understanding and this my friends takes time, courage and humility to increase or improve.

 It won’t happen on its own – you have to pursue wisdom.

 So let me ask you –

1)Do you have a process for turning knowledge into wisdom?

2)Do you think you are smarter than you really are?

3)Do you learn from your mistakes or bad decisions?

4)Is your mind cluttered with too much information?

In His Service, Tim

Tim Connor, CSP World renowned Speaker, Trainer and best selling author of over 80 titles. Box 397, Davidson, N.C. 28036 USA, 704-895-1230 (voice) tim@timconnor.com (email) - www.timconnor.com (Website)
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