Each week, I share a weekly spiritual thought with my team. This week we talked about seeking wisdom.
This was a continuation of the thought I shared last week about forgiveness. Both are part of the 7 Decisions for Success from The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews.
“Knowing that wisdom waits to be gathered, I will actively search her out.”
Proverbs says, “Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square…’How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?…For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.’” (Proverbs 1:21-22, 32-33)
It’s important for us to seek out wisdom. It doesn’t just fall out of the sky and into our laps. Wisdom helps us make good decisions instead of bad ones and leads us to success instead of failure.
How do we seek wisdom?
– One way we can acquire wisdom is by surrounding ourselves with the right people. We know that we become like those we spend time around. So if we’re spending time around people who make good decisions, we too will be more likely to make good choices. We want these people speaking into our lives, not people whose lives are train wrecks.
– Another way we can seek wisdom is by finding good mentors. Andrews says, “When I counsel with myself, I can only make decisions according to what I already know. By counseling with a wise man, I add his knowledge and experience to my own and dramatically increase my success.”
Leadership guru John Maxwell tells of how he, as a younger man, used to seek out great leaders, take them to lunch and pay them $100 for an hour of their time to ask them questions. Asking question is a great way to seek wisdom. If you ask the right questions of the right people, you’ll gain wisdom.
Look for people around you whom you admire, people who have been successful, and learn from them.
Seeking wisdom involves choosing good friends, finding good mentors, and having the humility to learn from others.
This last piece is critical. Fools can’t learn anything from others because they think they already know it all. Wise people are humble enough to learn from others.
It’s important, if we want to be successful in life, to learn to seek wisdom.