Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
“Knowledge speaks, but Wisdom listens.” Jimi Hendrix
“A Wise person knows that there is something to learn from everyone” – Poster Quote (Not sure the originator)
The first is one of my favourite quotes, and one I tend to adhere to as much as possible. Mainly because it speaks so many truths. I’m an avid listener rather than a talker (mainly because I hate the sound of my own voice :D), to spread knowledge is great but to broaden the horizons of your own knowledge is much is greater, knowledge is power after all!
I slightly disagree with the second; I would say a knowledgeable person knows there is something to be learned from everyone. Where-as a wise person would know how to use that information to either aide themselves or others with the new acquired information. But yes you can learn so much from other people, with just a little in depth observation, whether in conversation, watching them perform an act or just in a more general sense.
If Knowledge is information or a tool, then Wisdom is the understanding and application of said information or the craft within which you use said tool.
Unfortunately we can gain a lifetime of knowledge, yet never see the wisdom in it.
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill gates
“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who will argue with you.” – John wooden
We, as a group, find that surrounding yourself with individuals that think to a higher intellect, most discussions will get picked apart and debated, whether you’re correct or not. I find this greatly improves and aides in decision making, as you’re naturally used to picking apart and analysing things in many different styles and at the very least you gain an insight to how other peoples minds work in life; even when the answer is put in front of someone and explained, they may still have a completely different outlook to you.
Being smart is taken for granted a lot more than we account for. Being smart isn’t always being clever, and you mustn’t take for granted the fact that because you’re right; you always will be. Sometimes we forget that the journey we’re on can change at any second. You never know when the tables are going to turn and the shoe will be on the other foot. Just because we’ve been successful before, doesn’t mean we always will be. Once we’ve achieved something and we start progressing in a direction we often think that because we’ve put the hard work and dedication to get to this point you no longer need that commitment to your cause. As you all know this process of thought seldom works and we find ourselves becoming complacent and inconsistent. Of course, it’s difficult to maintain a motivated approach to cause 24/7, I often find myself procrastinating and deviating from the task at hand, after all there is now so many distractions in life to deter you. I think that’s one of the biggest problems in life, we all get so caught up in the general day-to-day activities of the norm we forget about the bigger picture.
Remain humble, remain grounded.
It’s funny, we spend such a small amount of time in this crazy messed up world. Yet we always find ourselves letting it slip away in such a preposterous manner it’s uncanny. Too much we dwell on the past, on issues that when you look back weren’t all that much of an issue and for what??
“So many people get involved with carrying grudges and having these moral battles with people, where they cast themselves as the righteous and the other guy is the dirtbag. They waste tons of energy on it, create all kinds of darkness around themselves and the other person. It gets you nothing.” – Stephen J Cannell
So I recently unearthed a little gem called Poor Richard’s Almanac, by Benjamin Franklin, a collection of periodicals were issued from 1732 to 1757. They contain humour, information, and proverbial wisdom. Some of the quotes seem really ahead of their time, definitely a high recommendation!
“If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.”
– Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack 1738
As the years pass me by and I grow ever wiser, these words seem to be truer than ever, which is sad to admit.
“Don’t believe everything you hear: Real eyes, realise, real lies!” – Tupac Shakur
– The Bloggerman
Short and sweet,
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything…” – Unknown, but taken from TheOneYearPhotoProject
One rule I try to live by in my life is that I try and take a positive out of any situation, no matter how bad that situation is and live with no regrets. I think this quote is a brilliant way to perceive a negative as a positive.
“I am thankful to all of those that have said no, it’s because of them that I did it myself!” – Albert Einstein
So I see a lot of bloggers that do a quote of the day, so I thought I’d jump in and start with one of my own. This won’t be a daily thing for me, but maybe a weekly, we shall see 🙂
“Knowledge is power! However knowledge does not help, if you do not act upon it!”
– The Bloggerman