3 Most Effective Methods To Learn Wisdom — by Famous Chinese Philosopher Confucius

Confucius was a famous Chinese philosopher, teacher and political figure remembered for his celebrated aphorisms and for his principles of social interaction. He was born in 551 B.C. Today he is widely recognized as one of the most prominent teacher in Chinese history

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second is by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest — Confucius

Learning Wisdom by Reflection

According to Confucius, this method is the noblest one. Meaningful reflection can do miracles as it strengthens your capacity to absorb and learn.

Reflective learning make the best understanding of untrained subjects — as you can connect different concepts to your already established theories and empower you to transform that to something that your metacognitive system is already experienced of.

Reflection is further like a discovery method that stimulates various insights and help us growing out learning potentials. It hit upon both our cognitive as effectively as emotional sub-structure.

But it demands time and it begs for large amount of focus and consistency. If your everyday life is full of chaos you might not be ready to reflect upon new subjects you desire to learn. You will need to prepare diaries and observations of your understanding so that you can come back to it frequently and attach further contexts. Flexible thinking, open minded ness and controlling mental state — these are not pleasant to deal with jobs.

American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer John Dewey said

“We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.”

It today’s world you are responsible for your own learning and development Even in the job market you need to keep adapting yourself to the changing roles and reflection based learning impacts positively on your self-awareness and confidence. Once you take this path you will realize that you already have a good base to start with and you are on your way to the next level of self-awareness.


Learning Wisdom by Imitation

Confucius says this is the easiest method to learn. For kids it is the leading instrument for learning new things and teenager learn every slang by observing peer.

Consider a low-skilled craftsman who is under tremendous financial stress and wish to come up one grade up so that he can take care of his family better. Upon finding an opportunity this person can commit to it and at the very same hour he picks up new skill quickly by observing and imitating another’s actions

It is a social form of learning where you pick up from one another via observation, imitation and modeling. it includes attention, memory and motivation. Entire development of traditions and cultures is based on this where individual’s knowledge retrieval is directly related to observing other people within the frame of reference of social interactions, body gestures and different experiences

It is also another approach to imitate confidence and competency. Discovering truth by building on previous discoveries is a real business to make, instead of re-inventing the wheel every time

It is not at all fit to take credit of other people’s research, but if you have augmented someone else’s work to a significant level you use catchphrases like

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

or

Fake It, Till You Make It, By The Time They Will Get To Know You Can Bake It.

Still if Imitation fails to inspire you; read this

Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting. — Gertrude Stein

Learning Wisdom by Experience

Based on Confucius philosophy this is bitterest way to learn wisdom

There is no substitute of experience. Strength and conviction that every experience will contribute to will make you more satisfying and unique as a human being.

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. — Heraclitus

Your uniqueness, your character and your life -all that is cast by your experiences. Each one of us goes thorough different transformations with mixed variables which remain unique and challenging. Man is product of these learning experiences.

Knowledge comes but wisdom remains, and that comes from tempering heat of experience and maturity.

Experience could be the most favorable way to learn; but experience itself is not sufficient. Experience comes with its own price, exhaustion and pre-hypotheses.

Not all experiences serve to new insights and learning, and assuming that most of your experiences are tough you happen to believe it as a problem; and your endeavor to push forward the same experience based understanding to new opportunities will go wrong and leave behind a bitter aftertaste.

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before… He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way
 -Kurt Vonnegut, US novelist (1922–2007)