The Never Ending Pursuit of Wisdom

Let no one deceive himself. If any one among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool so as to become wise (1 Cor 3:18).

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Wisdom is a mysterious thing and something, I contend, worth our full attention.  You see, I am of the opinion that wisdom is similar to perfection in that we must constantly strive towards it with full knowledge we may never fully attain it.

This is not to say we cannot acquire an enormous amount of knowledge or become a so called “expert” in a particular field of study.

Instead, it is to say that true wisdom is only possible when we realize we have much more to learn.  It also requires us to understand that helping others is far more important than helping ourselves.  Finally, true wisdom can only be achieved when humility and kindness rule our daily lives.

Wisdom Tips

So what are some practical tips worth employing on this never ending journey towards wisdom? Here are some of my thoughts and, as always, I am eager to hear your ideas in the comments section below the article.

  1. Read. If you are reading this article chances are you, like me, thirst for knowledge. Reading a book or magazine or blog may open your mind to new ideas and possibilities.
  2. Start a blog. Words cannot adequately describe how much I have learned since starting this blog a year ago. I think my fellow bloggers will agree… starting a blog in an area you are particularly interested can be quite enlightening.
  3. Support a charity. Helping others is good for our souls. So if you are tied in with a church see if you can help out with a ministry or two. Or if church is not your thing head down to your local soup kitchen and help those less fortunate than you.  Worst case come and help us make 700 peanut butter sandwiches.
  4. Be kind to others. Self explanatory.

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4 Comments

  1. John Hunter

    February 7, 2008 - 9:26 am

    So true I just wrote today about reading great management books. Reading alone doesn’t do much. But while you are applying lean management in your organization and learning a great deal by doing then reading is an important tool.

    Reading the great lean blogs (for whatever reason lean seems to have by far the greatest number of excellent blogs for those interested management blogs) is a big help. Look at the blogroll on this blog for great blogs.

    And read and even re-read great books. After 5 years of experience you will gain many new insights when reading books like: Workplace Management; A Revolution in Manufacturing: The SMED System; New Economics etc. I think one of the secrets to wisdom is not thinking you already know everything worthwhile from the truly excellent books even if they are 20 or even 50 years old.

  2. Ron Pereira

    February 7, 2008 - 9:56 am

    Thanks for the link John. I definitely agree with the “old” books comment. I seem to gain more “wisdom” from them if you know what I mean.

    It’s like when you talk to an older person… they just seem to have so much to say!

  3. Jon Miller

    February 13, 2008 - 1:40 pm

    What’s the graphic Ron? I can’t figure it out and it’s driving me nuts.

  4. Ron Pereira

    February 13, 2008 - 1:46 pm

    I wondered when someone was going to ask Jon!

    This is the top of a monument called “Tree of Wisdom” by Frank J. Nackos.

    It was a gift to BYU.