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"My co-worker is over the moon and I would like to say something about this, but he is good friends with our manager ," "I would be off for the holidays, but now my colleague has fallen ill and my manager is now going from just coming to work. I don't really want this. " As a professional, you regularly face difficult dilemmas in your work. Dilemmas associated with the question: "What is wisdom?"

What is wisdom?

Wisdom is difficult to specify. Usually we call someone wise if they know what is good to do in a (difficult) situation. But it's hard to say what you need to know and do in order to be wise. If we look at Wikipedia, it says: "Wisdom is the art of judging and acting correctly in all circumstances of life. " The meaning is therefore practical and moral. Being 'wise' doesn't mean that you are extremely intelligent, that you've supernatural clear ideas or that you've all the answers to questions that life asks you. In this view, wisdom is:

- Understand situations
- People feel good
- Make well-considered decisions with compassion

An expert defines of the concept of wisdom as the use of intelligence, creativity and experience for the common good, by seeking a balance between the own interest and that of others, and between interests in the short and longer term. In his view, wisdom means that you ignore only the benefits for yourself and are focused on the other and the public interest. So wisdom goes further than making smart and useful choices in your own interest. If you do this, you speak of manipulation. The Greek philosopher Aristotle spoke about "practical wisdom"; the moral will to do good and the moral ability to find out what good is.

So dealing with other people requires a certain flexibility that can't include any set of rules of conduct. Although there is no fixed set of rules for 'wise' behavior, you can extract competencies from these descriptions that characterize a wise person. A wise person:

- can listen well, evaluate and give advice
- has good intentions for himself and others
- doesn't respond impulsively, but with a good balance between mind and feeling
- takes into account the history and consequences of a problem
- is able to place problems in their context

Five mistakes you can make as a smart person:

- Unrealistic optimism: thinking that you are so smart that you can do everything.
- Egocentrism: the focus is entirely on yourself and self-interest. You underestimate or ignore the responsibilities that you've towards others.
- Omniscience: you believe you know everything.
- Omnipotence: you believe that you can do everything because you've all the power.
- Invulnerability: you believe you can get away with anything.

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