Wisdom is one of those words that gets tossed around without much thought.
We all have that one friend who likes to dish out pearls of wisdom like it’s no big deal, but what does it truly mean to be wise?
It’s not just about a quick-witted quip or a handy piece of advice. True wisdom is a culmination of positive traits and behaviors that make up a wise person.
So, let’s delve into the 8 key characteristics that make a wise person.
And who knows? You might find yourself nodding along and realizing that you’re wiser than you ever gave yourself credit for.
Let’s find out!
1. You learn from your mistakes
You know what they say, “fall seven times, get up eight.”
Basically, it’s important to learn from our mistakes and experiences. The world is so complicated that it’s impossible to always be right about everything.
That’s why a wise person is always looking to improve and that means being able to learn from their mistakes. In fact, that’s how they became wise in the first place!
So you know you’re wiser than you think if you don’t let your ego get in the way of your opinions. You’re not afraid to admit you were wrong and change your mind if they you have more evidence or proof.
So, if something you once believed in is no longer correct, you have no problem admitting it.
2. You’re observant
One of the key characteristics of wise people is that they’re incredibly observant. Yup, you heard that right – you can’t be wise without being observant.
That means having your eyes open, both literally and figuratively. It means paying attention to the world around you, soaking in information, and noticing the little details that others might miss.
Wise people aren’t always the ones taking center stage. They might be hanging back in the background, quietly observing and gathering information. They’re not quick to judge, and they’re more interested in hearing what others have to say than indulging in knee-jerk reactions.
Sure, wise people might be quiet and seemingly unassuming, but don’t let that fool you. They’re seeing and noticing things that others might overlook.
So if you’re someone who’s always been a keen observer, take heart – it might just be a sign that you’re on your way to becoming truly wise.
3. You don’t think you’re always right
You know the type – the ones who are dogmatic and insist that their opinions are the only ones that matter.
But wise people understand that life is too complex for any one person to be right all the time.
They’re not the type to demand that you follow their every word either. They’re open to hearing different perspectives and opinions. As Socrates once said, “the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
When a wise person faces a problem, they approach it from multiple angles. They’re not afraid to consider different viewpoints and ideas. They know that collaboration and teamwork often lead to the best solutions.
So, if you find yourself listening more than you talk, evaluating more than you act, and collaborating instead of dictating, then you’re probably a wise person. Keep up the good work!
4. You’re fluid with your opinions
One of the hallmarks of truly wise people is that they’re fluid with their opinions. That means they’re not afraid to change their minds when presented with new evidence or proof.
See, too many people get stuck in their beliefs and start seeing them as part of their identity. They’ll argue for their opinions to the death, even when everyone around them can see they’re wrong.
But wise people are different. They don’t tie their egos to their opinions. They’re not afraid to say “I was wrong,” and they’re not afraid to change their minds when they learn something new.
So, if you’re someone who’s open to changing your opinions when you’re presented with new information, that’s a really great sign. It means you’re not attached to your beliefs and you’re willing to grow and learn.
5. You’re always learning
As Confucius once said, there are three ways to gain wisdom: reflection, imitation, and experience. A wise person is always seeking knowledge and understanding, whether through reading, observing others, or experiencing new things.
They’re naturally curious about everything around them, constantly asking “why” and “how.” They have a deep respect and fascination for the world and everything in it.
It doesn’t matter what the topic is – a wise person wants to understand it. They’re not content to simply accept things at face value. They want to dive deeper, to truly comprehend the intricacies of the world around them.
So, if you’re the type of person who is always asking questions and seeking knowledge, then you might be wiser than you think. Keep up that curiosity, and who knows where it might take you!
6. You prefer experiences over material possessions
As someone gets wiser, they begin to realize that experiences and relationships are much more important than material possessions. A wise person doesn’t equate their happiness with superficial goals or possessions.
Instead, they know that true happiness comes from living in the moment and working towards a meaningful goal that is bigger than themselves. They understand that life is not just about them, but about the bigger picture.
Wise people focus on helping others and making a positive impact on the world. They know that their actions can make a difference, no matter how small. They understand that happiness and fulfillment come from creating meaningful connections and making a positive impact on the world, rather than accumulating material possessions.
So, if you find yourself valuing experiences and relationships over material possessions, and if you’re working towards a meaningful goal that’s bigger than just yourself, then you might be wiser than you think. Keep up the good work, and remember to always focus on the things that really matter!
7. You give fantastic advice to others
Wise people have been through a lot in life, and they’ve learned a ton from those experiences. They’re able to distill those lessons down into simple, straightforward advice that can help others navigate their own challenges.
But it’s not just about having knowledge – wise people also have a deep sense of empathy and care about the problems of others. They approach giving advice with the perspective of the person they’re talking to, rather than just spouting off generic platitudes.
When a wise person gives advice, their words cut through the noise and get straight to the heart of the matter. They’re able to offer a fresh perspective and help the person they’re talking to see things in a new way.
And the best part? Their advice can be life-changing. They’ve been there before and they understand just how difficult life can be. That’s why they’re so passionate about helping others and being a light in the darkness.
So if you find yourself giving great advice to others, and if you genuinely care about helping people through their struggles, then you might be wiser than you think.
8. You reflect and think
Wise people have something that sets them apart – emotional maturity. And they cultivate it by taking time for themselves, reflecting, meditating, and exploring their inner selves.
They don’t shy away from self-reflection or introspection. They ponder on their beliefs, habits, and behaviors, and try to understand themselves better each day.
It’s not always easy to confront your own flaws and limitations, but wise people know that the real growth comes from within. So, if you’re someone who likes to take a step back and reflect on yourself, you might be wiser than you think.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into place
It may sound conceited or narcissistic to focus on loving yourself first. But it’s not.
The point isn’t to believe you’re better than others or to accept things about yourself that you really do need to change.
It’s about developing a healthy and nurturing relationship with… you!
Loving yourself is about committing to who you are, understanding the many different nuances to your identity, and showing yourself a level of care and intimacy that we usually reserve for other people.
Unfortunately, we’re not taught how to love ourselves from an early age. And we end up caring about what others think of us rather than focusing on what we need at a more fundamental level.
This is why we partnered with Rudá Iandê to produce a free masterclass on transforming our relationships through the practice of self-love.
It’s currently playing on The Vessel (one of our partners) but only for a limited time.
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Thousands have attended and told us that the masterclass has completely transformed their relationships for the better.
It’s a must-watch and we couldn’t recommend it more highly.
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