The Four Cornerstones of Wisdom
There is a common misconception that we need to be “old” in order to be wise, when in reality, we really just need to live our lives by four essential beliefs or “cornerstones” when it comes to wisdom:
- Unlimited potential– we often think that we have a limit as to how far we can push ourselves, when the truth is that we have unlimited potential that we probably haven’t even begun to tap into. We can absolutely be better that we were last week, last month, last year- all we need to do is remember the fact that when we really want something, we need to push ourselves as hard as possible in order to get it. It sounds clichéd, but you really don’t know what you’re made of until you try!
- Turn your greatest weaknesses into your biggest strengths– This is actually known as the #1 secret to success. At one time, we were all not so great at the things that now come second nature to us. So, why not use that same method with everything we want to achieve in life? As silly as it may sounds, think like a child learning to walk: they fall down several times, but keep getting back up and never once believe that they can’t do it. And then what happens? Walking becomes easier until it is second nature to them. If we can look at our weaknesses and challenges like this, we will always be able to turn them into our strengths.
- Look at mistakes positively, the right way: Don’t look at mistakes as a bad thing. Learn from them, make them fast and make them in small strides, and you will actually end up learning something. A good question to ask yourself each day is “will I win or learn today?” because it gets you into the habit of thinking that even if things don’t go as good as you would’ve liked, you’re still learning from whatever happened and it most certainly wasn’t a waste.
- Don’t avoid challenging or difficult situations, they help accelerate growth: Very similar to looking at mistakes in a positive way, we should also do this with challenging situations. If something is too easy or too simple, we aren’t usually then challenged to think about anything differently or grow. While challenging situations may be intimidating, if we can use that fear to drive us, we will end up learning and growing from it in the end.
It is important to remember that social conditioning and many other aspects usually make us forget these essential wisdoms that are instilled in us at birth. This is good news, because it means that we can very easily get back into that mindset! For more on this and many other thought-provoking concepts, check out our episode of The Motivational Intelligence Podcast entitled “The Four Cornerstones of Wisdom.”Also, be sure to check us out/ subscribe to our social media!
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Show Notes: The Four Cornerstones of Wisdom
0:49- Why having wisdom doesn’t seem natural
1:18- Cornerstone #1- Unlimited Potential
2:39- The Key to Unlocking Our Unlimited Potential
3:29- Cornerstone #2- Turning Weaknesses into Strengths (the number 1 secret to success)
5:25- Think like a child learning to walk
7:50- Cornerstone #3- Look at Mistakes in a Positive Way
9:59- Making mistakes helps us learn
11:52- Cornerstone #4- Difficult situations accelerate growth