Workouts for wisdom: Knowledge over Power

I use to know this guy who went to the gym twice a day for a few hours at a time. I wish I had that kind of motivation — or do I? It seems everyone is focused on the “outward” appearance.

Speaking from my own experience when I post a quote online with just text versus with a picture, the picture gets WAY more attention. (Free #Businessadvice you’re welcome!)

But, hasn’t anyone figured out that the CEOs, Celebrities, all the people they want to be like didn’t get where they are over night? At least, for some of the people I look up to like Sara Blakely and Lori Greiner.

They worked their butt off to learn, develop skills, and figure out how to apply them — most all without the help of the Internet! Can you imagine not being able to just “Google” the answer?

So, why is it we Exercise regularly and eat well to build strength or loose weight? Yet, I find it rare to find people who are willing to put in the same effort to develop “wisdom”.

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice

When making a major decision I watch people (including myself) find it hard to ask for advice as if it is a sign of weakness.

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. — Proverbs 16:18

Self knowledge and education is imperatively important. However, sometimes when making a big decision (i.e. college, career, marriage, children) it would be wiser to rely on the advice of someone older, wiser, as well as, with some experience in an effort to expand alternatives and evaluate choices.

Don’t complain

If you expect to be given a larger task and cry about the small stuff, how do you expect anyone to trust you with something bigger. Plus, difficult times develop character and show you who you really are.

If you need some help:

Don’t LIE to a person you care about.

Love means you care more about the person than their feelings, when your advice is constructive.

Remain “soft on the person, firm on the issue.”

Take some advice from a marketing guru Donald Miller about The Devastating Power of Lies in a Relationship

Don’t act without a plan.

Carry out your work in its proper order. I see this all the time with cars lately. I’m not sure where some people get financed for some of the nice rides they have.

But, I can tell you a prime example — a friend I know who is focused on buying a big house, nice cars, and anything else that sparkles instead of funding their business endeavors. Buy spending time investing in a house while their business is struggling to grow, they will most likely loose both in the end.

Don’t plot revenge.

Someone told me once that “Revenge is the way the world operates, it’s not God’s way.” Trust me we all want to get even at times, but the cost often out-ways the satisfaction we receive. Planning evil corrupts our own mind. But, it is a conscious choice to use our attitude to plot and destroy other people.

Patience is a virtue

Don’t gloat over others’ misfortunes.

Like I said you reap what you sow!

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