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We gain wisdom through the “pain and suffering” associated with mistakes. We screw up. We learn. We avoid screwing up that way again.

Another way to gain wisdom is to learn about other people’s lives. You can learn this from books. You can learn this from talking with other people. We can learn from the mistakes of others, so we can avoid them too.

So what are some ways we can acquire knowledge? Take online courses. Read books, magazines, blogs, articles in the areas you are trying to learn. Find tutorials online to learn from. You can even search YouTube to find a video that may show you what “not” to do.

You build knowledge that you do not have. You find solutions to fill in the gaps of your weaknesses. Books, courses, tutorials, and other people are all great resources for this.

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise. – Sigmund Freud

The way to gain wisdom is to start by self-assessment. It starts with being honest about what you know, and what you don’t know. Once you find out where your knowledge gaps are, you can get to work. Then you can use every resource available to you. Each person is different, however.

You may have weaknesses I do not have, and I may have weaknesses you do not have. This is why it is so important to talk with other people. If you’re trying to improve at work, ask your boss to give you some feedback. If you’re struggling at home with a relationship, ask your partner what you could do to make things better. Go to the people who can help you identify your blind spots.

I hope each of you has a terrific Wednesday!

Until next time…