The Value of Wisdom
The purpose of the 7 Daily Nuggets is to teach us what we need to know to live a prosperous life; the things that we may not have learned or are not currently learning in church, school, home or at work. Let’s apply what we learn here and share these nuggets with others. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Proverbs 3:13-15. Happy the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding! For her profit is better than the profit in silver; and better than gold is her revenue; She is more precious than corals, and none of your choice possessions can compare with her.
How does one go about becoming wise?
What are the ways to wisdom?
Here are 7 ways to become wise.
1. Values. Values are like a compass that guides our lives. The right values provide a rock solid foundation upon which we can build our lives.
2. Reflection. Our actions produce results. Reflection upon our results in life is a solid way to become wise. Willingness to change is fundamental to become wise.
3. Experience. The application of knowledge is another way to build wisdom. Knowing is not enough, we must act based on the correct knowledge. Wise is he who taps into the experience of others while building his own.
4. Counseling. Mentor, teachers, friends, and great books are the source of guidance to improve the quality of our decisions. Mentors provide a perspective that is difficult to see for ourselves.
5. Study. The study of history is essential to tap into the wisdom of the ages. The bible and other great books, like the classics, biographies of great men and women, are a source of wisdom.
6. Focus. Focus leads to competence in our chosen areas. We are all endowed by our creators with hundreds of potential skills and abilities. It is up to each one of us to decide what areas to focus on to develop competence. Deliberate practice is one of the keys to become wise.
7. Work. Nothing takes place of hard work to get going. There is no shortcut to wisdom. Smart work is only effective after hard work. Be patient and take the time to become a master at your craft. Having love and intimacy with the work we do is essential to become wise.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)