How to Cultivate Wisdom Before You Are Too Old to Benefit from It

You might be pretty smart, but are you wise? A smart person knows facts, and a wise person knows truths. A smart person can find a solution to a problem. A wise person avoids the problem altogether.

They say that wisdom comes with age, but who wants to wait that long?  It would be better to become wise as soon as possible. While experience matters, there are other ways to boost your wisdom to King Solomon’s level.

Use these strategies to start becoming wiser today:

  1. Read books. Books are perhaps the best way to gain wisdom quickly and at a young age. Smart people like to write books. Not-so-smart people like to write books, too. So, be picky about the books you choose.
    • These smart people condense the information they think is most important into a few hundred pages that you can learn in a week or two. It took the author a lifetime to learn these things, and you can access it all in less than a month. What a deal!
  2. Find a mentor. A mentor is an expert in an area of interest to you. A mentor can help you with your relationships, fitness, career, or any other specialized facet of life. The right mentor has a lot to share and can greatly add to your wisdom.
  3. Examine your past for mistakes. Your mistakes have a lot to teach you. We don’t like to think about our mistakes, but you might as well gain all the benefit from them that you can. A mistake is just a step in your evolution.
    • Most of your mistakes could have been avoided. Think about how you could have prevented your mistakes from happening in the first place. Take them one by one and really think about it.
    • Most of your mistakes could have been handled better after the fact, too. Again, review all of your mistakes and consider what you could have done versus what you did.
  4. Examine your past for successes. You have had a lot of successes, too. But you probably didn’t learn as much from them as you could have. Review your successes. What did you do right? Can you do that again?
  5. Evaluate your day. Spend 30 minutes at the end of each day and see what you can learn from your day.
    • Did you spend your time well?
    • What mistakes did you make?
    • What did you do well?
    • What could you have done better?
    • How can you have a better day tomorrow?
  6. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can also learn from the mistakes of others. Everyone around you is making mistakes. Feel free to examine the mistakes of other people and learn what you can from them. Everyone’s mistakes can be of benefit for you.
  7. Think before you speak, decide, or take action. When something out of the ordinary happens, think. Not enough people take the time to actually think. A little thinking can help to avoid a lot of challenges.

Older people know a lot. But you also frequently hear them say, I wish I had known this when I was younger.

Luckily, you can learn a lot of things while you are still young enough to benefit from them. You can start becoming wiser today. You don’t have to spend a lifetime making mistakes to become a wise person.

Learn from your experiences and the experiences of others. Read good books. Get a mentor. A little work now can pay off for the rest of your life.


Sandy Chernoff
Sandy Chernoff
SANDY'S 30 years of didactic and clinical teaching in study clubs and continuing dental education, coupled with her almost 40 years of Dental Hygiene practice bring a wealth of experience to her interactive soft skills workshops. With her education background she easily customizes interactive sessions to suit the specific needs of her clients. Her energetic and humorous presentation style has entertained and informed audiences from Victoria to New York City. Sandy’s client list includes law firms, teaching institutions, volunteer and professional organizations and conferences, businesses, and individuals. Her newest project is turning her live workshops into e-learning programs using an LMS platform. Her teaching and education background have helped her to produce meaningful and somewhat interactive courses for the learners wanting the convenience of e-learning options. As the author of 5 Secrets to Effective Communication, Sandy has demonstrated her ability to demystify the complexities of communication so that the reader can learn better strategies and approaches which will greatly improve their communication skills and ultimately reduce conflict, resentment, disappointment, complaining, and confusion. As a result, the reader will be able to increase productivity, efficiency and creativity, improve all the relationships in their lives and ultimately enjoy a happier, healthier existence! Sandy blogs regularly on her two websites on the various soft skills topics that are featured in her workshops and e-learning programs.

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    • Actually, Christopher, I thought it was pretty good advice regardless of age. The key word for me was “wiser”. Not “wise”, that is kind of an evaluation of the person, but wiser than yesterday can apply to us all.
      Reading your post, Sandy. I feel a little wiser than yesterday. I do journal, but the daily reflection is not – yet – part of my routine. Thanks you for suggesting it, worth trying. Who knows, I may be just a smidgen wiser tomorrow as well.