The fastest and easiest path to wisdom: Learn from others` mistakes.

Some of the best lessons you can learn are not from a book or classroom – they come about when you ask someone “Tell me what you have learned so far in this life.”

The question doesn’t even have to be asked of someone who is very old – often children and young people have the best observations about life.  Just ask it, then sit down with them and listen.

Really listen.

As I said in an earlier blog, part of the meaning of life is to learn as much as you can and teach as much as you can.  When we ask people to teach us what life lessons they have learned so far, we fast-track ourselves to becoming smarter.

Someone very wise once said: “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”

By learning from others, we get the lesson before the test.  If we really listen and take their wisdom to heart, we might be ready if we are similarly tested in the future.

I am not saying you have to do exactly what they did or even what they suggest you do in the future if you find yourself in the same situation.  What I am saying is that nobody
wants to make mistakes, experience pain or a sense of failure.   Nobody wants to be blindsided by difficult circumstances or poor choices.

The more we learn from others, the more resilient we will be.

Something to think about:  if someone came to you and asked what you had learned so far in this life, what would you tell them?  What life lessons do you have to pass on?