15 signs you’re a wise person even if you don’t feel like you are

Have you just realized that you don’t have all the answers?

Is the infinite amount of knowledge in the world making you feel like wisdom isn’t attainable?

Well, guess what – the fact that you think like that is actually a sign of a wise person.

It’s true!

It takes someone wise to recognize that they don’t know everything and that it’s impossible to know everything.

Let’s take a look at 15 signs you’re a wise person even though you don’t feel like you are:

1) You know that you don’t have all the answers

I feel like I have to expand on this point a little bit more.

You see, a lot of people think that if they just read enough books, go to enough lectures, and speak to enough intellectuals, they will be able to understand everything and find the answers to all simple and complex questions.

But a wise person like yourself recognizes how infinite and complex the universe is. You know that it’s impossible to have ALL the answers, and you’re ok with that.

Of course, that doesn’t stop you from learning and expanding your knowledge.

And it doesn’t stop you from doing research and experiments.

It’s ok to keep looking for answers because you know that man is constantly making new discoveries in all fields.

2) You can look at an issue from several different perspectives

Such an open-minded approach to life is a true mark of a wise person.

Those less wise than yourself are often stubborn. They tend to have an opinion and they stick to it, no matter what. They’re unwilling to listen to others or change their minds, even in light of new information.

But you’re different.

You understand that there is more than one side to a story. You know that your perspective is just one of several and that different people have different points of view based on the information they have at their disposal, their own experiences, as well as their beliefs and values.

You’re totally open to altering and adapting your ideas.

And even when looking at something from different perspectives doesn’t change your mind, there’s always something to be learned from being open-minded and considering all the angles.

3) You have good judgment and make sound decisions

Now, you’re not the type of person to make rash decisions or act based on your emotions.

You like to assess the situation, consider all the available information, and look at the pros and cons of various decisions.

When it comes to the important stuff, you don’t just think about today and tomorrow – you take into account the long-term consequences of your decision as well as how it could affect other people.

For example, let’s say that you were the boss of a company that was having some financial difficulties.

The first thing many people in your position might think to do is fire a few people to cut costs.

But not you.

Instead of simply making the decision based on finances, you’ll think about how laying people off will impact them, their families, and the future of the company.

Then, you’d consult others and try to come up with a different solution, such as implementing cost-saving measures and reducing work hours.

In the end, you’d make a decision that balances the financial needs of the company with the well-being of your employees and the community.

4) You learn from your mistakes

Doesn’t everyone?

Well, no. Actually, they don’t!

I know it may be hard to believe but some people keep making the same old mistake over and over again.

But wise people like yourself are not afraid to admit their mistakes and take responsibility for them.

I mean, you get that making mistakes is a natural part of life and that it’s how you respond to them that really matters. You like to reflect on what went wrong and figure out how to make better choices in the future.

The bottom line is that learning from your mistakes is a sign of humility, self-awareness, and a commitment to personal growth, all of which are hallmarks of a truly wise person.

5) You have a deep understanding of human behavior and can read people well

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A wise person isn’t just book smart. They also have something called emotional intelligence that allows them to read people and understand where they’re coming from.

Sounds like you, right?

That means that you’re able to recognize and interpret the emotions, motivations, and intentions of others, and that allows you to navigate social situations with greater ease and effectiveness.

6) You look for solutions instead of just complaining

That sounds pretty wise to me.

I mean, what good is complaining?

A problem isn’t going to solve itself and complaining will only make you feel frustrated and helpless. What’s more, incessant complaining is bound to annoy the people who have to listen to you.

If someone has a problem with something, it’s only logical that they’d try to find a solution to it.

That’s what you do. You approach challenges with a positive attitude and a proactive mindset. You actively seek out ways to overcome obstacles and find solutions.

And you understand that it’s not always going to be easy and may require creativity, persistence, and a willingness to take risks.

At the same time, you know when it’s time to let go. You recognize that sometimes the best solution is to accept the situation and move on, rather than dwelling on what cannot be changed.

7) You can appreciate the simple things in life

A wise soul like yourself knows that the secret to a happy life isn’t money or prestige.

So many people go chasing happiness in the wrong places, they think that the more they earn and the bigger their achievements, the happier they’ll be.

But guess what?

A lot of them end up miserable. Money can’t buy happiness, and if you don’t even have time to stop and smell the roses, what’s the point of it all?

That’s why you always make sure to appreciate the beauty that is around you and to be grateful for all the good things in your life.

8) You’re knowledgeable in a variety of subjects

And I don’t mean that you have in-depth knowledge of all these subjects.

It’s more like you’re interested in a lot of different things and have read up on various subjects. 

The way I look at it, you can know a little bit about a lot of things or a lot about a few things.

The first means that you can find something to talk about with various people and maybe even have more options when it comes to finding a job.

The second means you’ve specialized in a certain topic, which is also good, but you may have a harder time finding like-minded people or branching out when it comes to work.

9) You’re a good communicator

You know that communication is not just about speaking but also about actively listening.

What’s more, you understand that communication is a tool for building relationships, resolving conflicts, and creating positive change in the world.

And that’s what makes you a wise person!

I mean, what good would knowledge and experience be if you couldn’t communicate properly?

The best part is that by being a good communicator, you can actually inspire others to action and even make a lasting impact on your community.

10) You’re patient

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Whoever came up with that old saying, “Patience is a virtue” really knew what they were talking about.

Here’s the thing about patience: it requires self-control, discipline, and emotional intelligence.

You know that things don’t always happen as quickly as you’d like them to and that rushing or forcing an outcome can often lead to negative consequences. That’s another sign that you’re wise.

You know that good things come to those who wait, and you’re willing to put in the time and work required to achieve your goals.

11) You know the difference between facts and opinions

Being able to distinguish between facts and opinions – which may as well be fiction – is a rare trait nowadays.

We live in an age of social media, reality TV, and biased news reporting.

It’s not hard to fall prey to fake news and mistake false information for the truth.

I think about my grandma who doesn’t get out much and spends most of her time watching state-run channels. She listens to all the opinions of all these so-called “experts” and she soaks up whatever they have to say as fact.

But if you’re like me, you’ll know how to choose your sources of information and how to check them so that you can distinguish between facts and opinions, between truth and fiction.

12) You’re non-judgmental

The truth is that when we judge others, we tend to view them through a narrow lens and make assumptions about them based on limited information, as well as our own biases. This can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts in our relationships.

By contrast, being non-judgmental is about seeking to understand others’ perspectives and experiences.

The fact that you’re non-judgemental makes you more open-minded and accepting of diversity.

And why is that so good?

Because it can lead to stronger and more positive relationships with others.

13) You accept uncertainty

Does uncertainty make you uncomfortable? If you’re wise, it doesn’t – or at least not to the extent it does for others.

Uncertainty is an integral part of life. A wise person knows that the future is impossible to predict with absolute certainty.

Instead of letting this fact cause them anxiety, they embrace it. They understand that uncertainty can open up new possibilities and opportunities.

This acceptance of uncertainty also makes you more adaptable, another hallmark of wisdom.

14) You have a sense of humor

Having a sense of humor isn’t just about being able to tell a joke or find amusement in life’s absurdities.

It’s about being able to laugh at yourself and not taking things too seriously.

A wise person knows that humor can diffuse tension, help us cope with life’s challenges, and foster a sense of togetherness with others.

They recognize the value of laughter and how it can make the journey of life more enjoyable, regardless of the circumstances.

15) You know when to keep quiet

Wisdom isn’t always about knowing what to say; it’s often about knowing when to keep quiet.

While a good communicator knows how to articulate their thoughts effectively, they also understand the power of silence.

Keeping quiet doesn’t mean being passive or complacent; it means giving space for others to express their thoughts, listening carefully, and contemplating before responding.

It’s about discerning when your words will be helpful and when they won’t. Silence, when used wisely, can be a powerful tool in fostering understanding and building strong relationships.

How to develop wisdom

Developing wisdom is more than accumulating knowledge; it’s about cultivating a way of seeing and understanding the world. It’s about the fusion of knowledge, experience, and deep understanding that informs better decision-making and judgment. But how does one walk this path? How can one cultivate wisdom?

Begin with an understanding that wisdom is not the result of never making mistakes but rather learning from them. Wisdom is born out of experience, particularly challenging ones. These are the times when our beliefs and capabilities are tested. See these moments as opportunities for growth. Ask yourself: “What can I learn from this experience? What does it tell me about myself, others, and the world?”

Next, cultivate empathy and compassion. Wisdom isn’t solely an intellectual pursuit; it’s also deeply intertwined with our emotions. To be wise, one must be able to understand and share the feelings of others. This allows us to see things from different perspectives, making us more open and less judgmental.

Keep curiosity alive. A wise person knows that there is always more to learn. They never see themselves as the finished product. They ask questions, seek new experiences, and are always open to new ideas and different ways of thinking.

Finally, remember that wisdom is deeply personal. What looks like wisdom to one person might seem foolish to another. Each person’s path to wisdom is unique and deeply tied to their own personal journey. So, embrace your own path. Learn from your own experiences. Grow in your own way.

The path to wisdom is not a sprint but a marathon. It’s a journey of self-discovery and learning, fraught with challenges but also filled with moments of insight and enlightenment. Remember, every step you take brings you closer to becoming a wiser version of yourself.

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Jelena Dincic

Jelena has a background in photography and film-making and has spent the last few years as a content editor and copywriter. Jelena is a citizen of the world who is passionate about travel and learning about new cultures. She’s a foodie who loves to cook. And, as an art lover, she is always experimenting with new art mediums. When she’s not at her computer, she’s usually out and about in some forest with her dogs.

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