“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” – Bruce Lee
I’ve always seen wise men as having that extra special quality that makes them just glide through this world seamlessly. Even though there’s a lot of work and a lot of effort that goes on in the background, they always seem to have this serene way of being that attracts us to them.
They are not only smart and worldly, but they somehow do things differently in a way that changes the world around them.
- They’re always learning. Whether they go through the formal ways of learning or they learn every day from their environment by surrounding themselves with people who inspire them. They just keep on learning every day, from everyone. They learn from the wise and they learn from the fools.
- They never settle. While things may not always work out the way they want them to, they don’t give up or settle for less. They just find different ways to reach their goal and they never give up.
- They don’t look for excuses. They always focus on what they can do instead of finding reasons for which things are impossible. That way, they don’t give themselves a way out and the only option remains to find a way to succeed.
- They work smart. A lot of people focus on working hard, but wise people know it’s more important to work smart. Effort is great, but at the end of it passion without thought just spins you out of control.
- They have a lot of self-love and self care. They understand self-love is not about ego, but about being the best person they can possibly be. After all, there’s a reason why the safety instructions on a plane always say: “Please put your mask on first before assisting other people.”
- They are proactive. They don’t wait for people to come to them or for things to be handed out to them. They go for what they want, they actively look for solutions instead of hoping for the circumstances to change.
- They finish what they started. While a lot of us may be good at starting things, wise men actually have the follow through; they take things to the finish line and do whatever it takes to cross that line.
- They ask for help. They understand that life is not meant to be alone, they care and protect their loved ones because they know, as Thomas Merton said that “We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.”
While we all strive to be wise men, to live our lives to the highest potential, we can often feel overwhelmed by the day-to-day details, we will always be happier by choosing the wise path. “Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest. Our magic moment help us to change and sends us off in search of our dreams. Yes, we are going to suffer, we will have difficult times, and we will experience many disappointments — but all of this is transitory it leaves no permanent mark. And one day we will look back with pride and faith at the journey we have taken.” – Paulo Coelho