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Profound Wisdom: The Tenth Personal Leadership Characteristic

The basis of success is on how effective you lead and influence yourself. That ability is personal leadership. People who have learned how to lead themselves often achieve more than others. Such people have adopted certain characteristics that make them stand out. And one of which is being a person with profound wisdom. The question is, what is profound wisdom and how will it help you?

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Profound Wisdom Defined

We've all been with someone who seems wise beyond their age. First, hey are those who look deeper in a situation and understand what's going on. Second, they do so not because they are smart or intelligent. And last, they are able to assess situations because they look. And they think. It is rarely done by most people we know and interact with. Human beings have the tendency to act without assessment.

Profound wisdom is applying what you know. It's applying what you have learned all your life. We've all learned how to assess a problem. But rarely do we apply what we know. A wise old man once said, "Knowledge is not power. Knowledge is potential power. Until such time you act on it, knowledge remains useless." Let me say that again: until such time you act on knowledge, it remains useless.

Profound wisdom is knowing that there is a grain of truth in everything. But not everything must given attention to. It's about knowing what's important. And saying "No" to hundred other things that are trying to get in your way. There might be grains of truth with everything but true wisdom is selecting the grains that you need. And it's different with every people and every situation.

Personal leaders have learned that wisdom comes with deliberate use of experience. We get nuggets of wisdom if we become intentional in the use of our experience. Especially in learning from those experiences. But experience does not always mean wisdom. There are a lot of people in the world who has every bit of experience in doing something. Yet they do average and mediocre jobs. Be intentional about learning from your own experience.

Application of Profound Wisdom

"True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us." - Socrates

Now, how is the practice of being wise going to help you? You might be facing challenges right now. You might be in a middle of a situation that requires your growth. That's okay. In fact, that's great. Look for the nugget of wisdom in your situation. Look for something that you can learn and apply. What can you learn from what you're experiencing now? How will that influence your future in a positive way?

Or maybe, you are on a roll right now. Maybe, everything you touch turns into goal. And every bit of success is within your hand's reach. I'm happy for you. Furthermore, I am proud of what you've accomplished so far. But ask yourself, how can you grow more? What can you learn now that will help you face future challenges?

Wisdom comes also from knowing that we don't know everything. That all we can do is to learn and grow. And learn and grow. Continuous learning and growing means that we're not settling for who we are right now. We can all grow and learn. But profound wisdom are with those who accept that they don't know everything. And they are willing to ask for help in learning and knowing.

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You can start being wise by first asking yourself the questions that are hard to face. And then, by knowing and accepting that you don't know everything. That you can always learn from others. Every man and woman you're going to meet has their own story to tell. And from that, we can mine golds of wisdom.

An Example of Profound Wisdom

There were once two rabbits, Wanda the Wise and Frederick the Foolish. They were walking through a field. They were good friends and enjoyed their strolls together. On this walk, they came upon two carrots.  One of the carrots had large leaves sprouting out of the top. The other looked much smaller from the surface. Frederick became excited and ran up to the carrot with the larger leaves. “I’ll have this one,” he exclaimed and proceeded to extract it from the ground. Wanda shrugged her shoulders and pulled out the other carrot, which turned out to be much bigger.

Frederick looked surprised and asked how this was possible. Wanda looked at her friend and replied, “You can’t always judge a carrot by its leaves.” They kept on walking and came across another pair of carrots. Again with differing sized leaves. This time Frederick allowed his friend the first pick. Wanda hopped to each carrot, inspected and sniffed them with care. and, to Frederick’s surprise, chose the carrot with the larger leaves.

As they each extracted their carrots from the ground, Frederick became surprised to see that his carrot was smaller than Wanda’s. “I thought that you said that small leaves meant it would be a larger carrot.” He said. “No,” replied Wanda, “I said don’t judge a carrot by its leaves.  It’s also important to remember to think before you choose.”

Frederick nodded and they ate their carrots before continuing their stroll. For a third time, they found two carrots, again with different sized leaves. Frederick looked confused and didn’t know what to do.  Wanda indicated that he could choose which carrot to eat.

The poor foolish rabbit, pretended to inspect each carrot, but he didn’t know what to do.  He knew that he wasn’t as smart as his friend and he looked to Wanda with a confused expression on his face. Wanda smiled and hopped over to the carrots.  She inspected them and pulled out one of the carrots. Frederick shrugged his shoulders and went to the other one. Then Wanda interrupts Frederick.

“No Frederick, this one’s your carrot,” she said. “But you made the choice and I’m sure it’s the bigger one of the two.  I don’t know how you do it, but I guess you’re just smarter than me.” “Frederick, there’s no point in having wisdom if you’re not willing to share the benefits of it with others.  You’re my friend and I want you to have this carrot.  A smart rabbit with a full stomach but no friends isn’t wise is she?” “I guess you’re right,” said Frederick with a full mouth, “As usual.”


Le Mot De La Fin.

Wisdom comes from applying what you already know. Also, from knowing that you don't know everything there is to know. And, wisdom is best used when shared for the benefit of others as well. Practice being wise by looking for the lesson in every situation you are in. In doing so, you'll get more from it than when you're just letting it pass by.

How do you practice being wise? Share your thoughts by commenting below!

Live an inspired life,

Jeric Timbang

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