Keys To Wisdom

9 06 2011

Let’s face it, no one thing can make you wise.  Wise people tend to have many key attributes, things like a willingness to work hard, being resourceful, having specific knowledge, etc.  For me though, I think one of the top characteristics to being wise is your ability and willingness to learn, and just as importantly, putting yourself in a position to do so.  Those who I consider wise people are always trying new things and learning, or regularly spending time with those who may have more expertise or experience than them.  A big key is to always be ready for an opportunity to learn more.

“A wise person is hungry for knowledge,  while the fool feeds on trash.”
Proverbs 15:14

A few months back, I had the opportunity to attend the Guru’s of Tech conference with my primary focus being renewing my passion for technical arts as well as connecting with tech artists from other churches.  A key portion of this conference was breakout learning sessions, one of which I gained a great deal from.  While I’ve been mixing sound for many years and have had some success doing so, I know I can learn more so I took full advantage of a session taught by a sound legend, Robert Scovill.  Had I not been hungry to learn, I would have missed many fantastic nuggets of wisdom that I believe will make me a better sound guy.  But it’s not only in the moments with influential people where I learn things about audio, video, lighting, or life.  Sometimes it’s in a conversation with a musician, a beginning camera operator, or a friend who knows nothing about production.  The more I surround myself with good, smart people while staying willing to learn, the more wisdom I gain.

“Walk with the wise and become wise;  associate with fools and get in trouble.”
Proverbs 13:20

Many young adults get out of college and think they are set with everything they need to know in life.  In fact all of us, regardless of age, can fall into this trap at times, thinking we know everything.  We must continually be open to the wisdom of others.  As soon as we get trapped into thinking our way is the only right way, we become foolish.  We must stay open, mold-able and ready to embrace a new perspective.

“Fools think their own way is right,  but the wise listen to others.”
Proverbs 12:15

Are you hungry for wisdom?  Are you walking with other wise people?  Are you open to the insight of others?

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9 06 2011
Marc Breda

Great thoughts and a great reminder.

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