Kill the Fool: Using Wisdom to Rid Yourself of the Mindset That’s Holding You Back
The person who impresses me most is the person who values wisdom and understanding more than they do money, status, or material possessions. These are the ones that will shake the world. These are the ones that will leave some serious tire tracks when they finish their life.
The person upon whom I have no pity is the fool, and the fool is the man or woman who despises wisdom and understanding. These are the ones that live recklessly and indifferent. They are slothful consumers who cannot see beyond themselves, or their personal gratification, and they will take from this world and give little to nothing in return.
Your “Ticket to Greatness”
The universe is filled with wisdom, but it is only those who truly hunger for understanding that will ever find it. What is wisdom? Wisdom is judgment in the matters of life. It’s the most basic of human technologies, and it is the single most important thing you’ll need to achieve what you want and create lasting change.
I’ll never forget the season of my own life when I realized that my “ticket to greatness” could only be paid for by wisdom. Until that time, I was waiting for something to happen. I was waiting for someone’s approval—I thought I needed a permission slip to be who I wanted to be and do what I wanted to do.
Stop Wearing the Fool’s Clothes
Once I accepted the fact that wisdom was my answer, I immediately discarded the garments of the fool, because it is the fool that thinks anything can be accomplished by accident—the fool believes that the universe rewards laziness and protects the indifferent.
Not so. Life will steamroll you with heartache, setbacks, poverty, illness, and death, if you forsake wisdom’s counsel. But the more you treasure wisdom, the more it will reward you openly. In my case, the more I treasured wisdom, the more wisdom was added to me. The more I valued it, the more I received.
Life Ain’t Fair, and Wisdom Doesn’t Give a Sh*t!
This means that life isn’t fair, and you should never pretend that it is. The way it works is that the more you strive after wisdom and understanding, the more you obtain while you watch others struggle. I had to get over this truth quickly, because it bothers me that so many are out of work, broken, and in need of some serious life changes.
Still, if you despise wisdom, you are living a fool’s life, because the end result is the same. And it doesn’t matter if you’re “nice.” Wisdom will still treat you like a buffoon if you neglect its teaching. Wisdom simply doesn’t care.
Killing the Fool in You
The day I embraced the cold truth that wisdom was my answer, I immediately broke away from the chains that were holding me back. After years of struggling to find my life’s course, I stepped onto the path I’m now on and my progress went into hyper speed.
Now, I can hardly keep up with the opportunities. Now, I am swimming in options where I once had little to none. What changed? Me. I changed. I slipped out of the fool’s garments and robed myself with the regal ways of wisdom.
Here are five ways to kill the fool in you by embracing wisdom:
- Accept the fact that life isn’t fair. Don’t whine about it. Swallow the truth that you deserve nothing. Whatever you get out of life will come by your own efforts.
- Become a philosopher (philo = love, sophia = wisdom), or “lover of wisdom,” and show this by daily pursuing the principles that govern real achievement and lasting change.
- Don’t spend too much time with fools—the people who despise wisdom and understanding and show it by living directionless, undisciplined lives.
- Don’t wait on anyone or anything before you start pursuing wisdom. Much like the oxygen masks on an airplane—you take care of yourself first before you try to help someone else.
- Commit yourself to being a lifetime student of learning. If you don’t regularly exercise your mind, it will waste away with age.
If you’re ready to head down the path of wisdom, what is the one thing you can do today to demonstrate your commitment? Tell me what that is in the comments below.