In fact, setbacks are key. We cannot expect to succeed in everything we do, and wise people acknowledge that they most likely won’t. Instead, they have the ability to see a bigger picture – they are able to put things into perspective, rise above their personal viewpoint and observe a situation from different angles.
But how can we acquire wisdom? Or is it inherent within our character?
The urge to learn is one thing that all wise people have in common. It’s not that you need vast amounts of knowledge, but by being curious and open-minded, you can gain a kind of knowledge that isn’t taught. Becoming wise is a very personal journey, and it is through our experiences, mistakes, and how we cope with dilemmas that we can become wiser.
So, the next time you have a setback, maybe a less-than-preferred grade or a goal that was not achieved on time, process it and learn from it – in doing this, you can become wiser! Remember: wisdom cannot be taught, but it can be learned.
Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught | INSEAD Knowledge