What’s interesting about wisdom is that everybody has it… or at least some measure of it. Wisdom as defined by http://www.dictionary.com is the “knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action.” That means whether you’re 4 or 40 years of age or are a rookie or a veteran that you indeed have wisdom which can lead to a correct action, it’s simply a matter of how much one possesses.
What are the implications of this? In many instances, we have the ability to know what’s ‘true or right’ based on a couple experiences or a few years of learning and often ARE RIGHT. The problem is when we take this method and haste and then apply it to areas that we are ill-informed or less experienced. Because we’ve made a similar decision or assessment correctly once or twice before, we assume that we will be right, yet again. This is what puts on the path of pride (and folly). “I’m right! (…even if I’m not).” It’s a lot more enjoyable in life to be “right” all the time, and it’s precisely this which keeps us from listening to other ideas, opinions, or insights by more educated or experienced people that are around us or available.
It’s not so much that we are wrong, it’s that we may be wrong in a specific situation. Our ‘angle’ only allows us to see a mere portion of the full amount of wisdom that we need. We could ‘increase that angle’ and gain more wisdom by simply humbling ourselves… How? Ask more questions, hear more opinions, be slower to speak, value every thought and resist the desire to be the one who is ‘right.’ By being humble in ways like these, you will gain a far wider angle and perspective which will allow you to see and have all the wisdom you will need to make a sound decision and/or assessment in that specific situation.
This is one of the greatest lessons that I’ve learned and it has impacted my leadership in huge ways! This point is best summed up in the phrase that I adopted which is, “I may be right… but I may not be right, right now.”