To be wise is simply not to be foolish because a person can be foolish not as a result of feelings but because of actions and who we have chosen to be. Wisdom is looking before leaping. Another form of wisdom is knowing that prevention is better than cure. A friend of mine once said that the lessons of life and a teacher are different because a teacher teaches the lesson and then comes the exam but life brings the exam before any lesson can be learned from it. So wisdom is when you determine to learn from those that life have taught a lesson rather than being taught by life.
The book of wisdom enjoins lazybones to take a lesson from the ants; to learn their ways and become wise. Though the ants have no ruler to make them work, they labour hard all summer and gather food for the winter. Yet people sleep all day in laziness not knowing that this will make poverty to pounce on them.
A wise move is knowing that a stitch in time saves nine. When things begin to take a nose dive, don’t look on. When your child comes home with an unpleasant result, it is not the time to blame the teacher for a poor performance but you will need to act wise and home school the child to better his performances.
The story is told of a partially deaf four year old kid who came home with a note in his pocket from his teacher. “Your boy is too stupid to learn. Get him out of the school.” His courageous mother read the note and answered; “my boy is not stupid to learn. I will teach him myself” and that boy who was rejected by men, grew up to become the great Thomas Edison.
A wise move will always give you a will, and when there is a will, there is a way. You must be determined to breakout from the norm which has not yielded you much anyway. Doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome will always result in you wasting time and fooling yourself.
In my previous article on Entrepreneurship, I did mention that “an entrepreneur is a risk taker who deliberately allocates resources to exploit opportunities in order to maximize the financial return.” A wise move is knowing that “no investment means no return” as there is no excuse for laziness.
Peter Drucker, one of the greatest management thinkers explains that in a few hundred years, when the history of our time is written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event those historians will see aside technology, the internet and e-commerce is the unprecedented change in the human condition. People have choices, how they manage their choices will matter a great deal.
To understand time and the human condition, we should look first at the five ages of civilization: first, the Hunter and Gatherer Age; second, the Agricultural Age; third, the Industrial Age; fourth, the Information/Knowledge Age; and finally, an emerging Age of Wisdom with every latter age outperforming the former. It was predicted that the Information/Knowledge Age we’re gradually moving into will out produce the Industrial Age fifty times. I strongly believe it will and we are already starting to see it.
Knowledge/Information is the reason Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is a billionaire today without owning several factories. Knowledge/Information is also the reason why Travis Kalanick of Uber is a self-made billionaire without owning a single taxi. A wise move is having a new way of thinking; aggressively coming up with new ways of creating wealth because the Information/Knowledge Age will eventually bring about a tremendous downsizing of the Industrial Age workforce. Outsourcing of jobs and unemployment trends become the order of the day.
Knowledge is so valuable that unleashing its potential offers individuals and organizations an extraordinary opportunity for value/wealth creation. If you think of the value of unleashing the potential of your children, you will be determined to give them quality education.
A wise move is knowing that people are an asset in moving to your next level. You must be connected to people highly informed and knowledgeable than you. If need be, be connected to people from other countries so you can have a global perspective to life.
In conclusion, I’d like to make a list of four categories of people to either hold on to or run away from in the journey of life. This is inspired by the teachings of Pastor Femi Faseru of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC);
1. He that doesn’t know, and knows not that he doesn’t know – Shun and give him space
2. He that doesn’t know, and knows that he doesn’t know – Draw him close and teach him
3. He that knows, but knows not that he knows – Wake him up
4. He that knows, and knows that he knows – Follow him