Wisdom and Knowledge

Knowledge is the expertise, skills, and facts one has learned through education and experience; Wisdom is the insight to act upon your knowledge in a way than improves your life and those around you. While some people might focus on the importance of knowledge and others wisdom, one really needs both skills in order to lead a fully fulfilling life.

Increasing knowledge means more than going to school to get a better job—although that might be an important step for you. Education is really a life-long interaction with the world and people around you, giving you the experiences that will help you succeed and appreciate all that our short lives have to offer us. While it might seem that gaining knowledge would be as simple as going to classes or reading a book, building upon the virtues that give us the desire and open-mindedness necessary to learn will allow you to be open to new experiences more often and fully benefit from them.

If you look at the list below, it might seem these are character traits instead of skills that one could develop, but please believe me when I say that all character traits and abilities can be created or improved by giving yourself the opportunity to use those traits. Take creativity, for example. If all you do is watch TV, you are allowing other professionals to do your creative work for you. If you take opportunities to imagine what a better sitcom might look like, take up painting, or try to hand-make creative gifts for your friends, you are using the parts of your brain that are dedicated to creativity and over time that ability will grow.

This program is designed to improve upon such character traits, including those that will lead to your growth in personal knowledge and wisdom. Look at the traits below and try to imagine how your life might be different if those abilities became an inherent part of who you are. Creativity will make you more beneficial at the work place and more enjoyable to your friends—it will also help you apply knowledge in interesting ways! Curiosity will give you the motivation to take every opportunity to learn new things. Being open-minded will allow your mind to be changed, and this will not only make you be open to more information but also show you what is truly right for your lifestyle. The love of learning is making the habit to do the work behind learning—and enjoying it the entire time. Perspective and wisdom will help you use your knowledge and skills in a way that is mutually beneficial to you and your community.

Strengths of Wisdom and Knowledge

  • Creativity — This is the ability to take old ideas and use them in new and novel ways
  • Curiosity — This is the inclination to learn more about things you don't know, or of things which you only know in part
  • Open-mindedness — This is the openness to new ideas and information, even if they disagree with some of your own presumptions
  • Love of learning — This is the habit of reading, watching, and experiencing things that increase your knowledge, and enjoying the entire process
  • Perspective and wisdom — This is ability to "look outside of yourself" and use your knowledge to do what is best for you and the community at large


Knowledge is the food of the soul.


Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All wish to possess knowledge, but few, comparatively speaking, are willing to pay the price.


Golden Mean

Ignorance, Stupidity
Wisdom and Knowledge

Recommended Reading

An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain — by Diane Ackerman

For those curious about how the mind works (and your supposed to be working on your curiosity, right?). This book is a strong attempt to try and explain exactly what our brain does.

Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older — by Elkhonon Goldberg

How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older: This is a informative book about how one can grow wisdom even as the brain grows older. Written in a more easily understood manner unlike a textbook.

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves — by Sharon Begley

This book explains some theories on how the mind changes the brain, and how it is possible to train it to better feel some emotions such as compassion.

General Rules

Practice virtues daily so that they become ‘habits of the heart’.

Don‘t strive for perfection.

Never give up! Remember: even the greats have off days.

Rely on your intuition.

Avoid extremes. Strive to achieve the golden mean between excess and deficiency of a virtue.

Have fun and enjoy the program with humor and optimism.

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it. Albert Einstein