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How to Achieve Wisdom

It is said that wisdom comes with age -- but there's no reason to wait if you know how to achieve it.


  • Step 1: Understand how to make use of alternative interpretations. Use the interpretations to identify possible courses of action.
  • Step 2: Be able to select the best option when faced with multiple alternatives -- without allowing opposing viewpoints to keep you from processing the information. And now you may finally call yourself wise!
  • FACT: The Greek philosopher Plato wrote, "Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something."
  • Step 3: Know how to see the world from multiple perspectives. Be able to admit when new information has come to light that makes you see a problem or a controversy differently than you did before.
  • Step 4: Know why you hold the beliefs that you do, and be able to justify them. Confine your claims about what you know to those things that you are justified in believing.
  • TIP: Divide your time between reading, watching, and listening to the classics in a genre, and experiencing the latest books, music, and films.
  • Step 5: Know how to use your knowledge to live well. Wisdom is required to cope with the central problems in life.
  • Step 6: Be knowledgeable. Spend time reading about and studying news and information in various disciplines, including philosophy, medicine, math, music, and literature.

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