So, Lee and I are both approaching major decade birthdays. Some folks are hesitant to admit it when they arrive at “late middle age,” like we are. But not me. I am pretty proud to have made it to my 60th year in really good health and with my brain intact. And I would not want to be younger! Sure, fewer things hurt, but wow, did I do some dumb things. I was full of the book learning, but lacked the experience it takes to have real “wisdom.”
Of course, I’m still learning, but now that I am old and wearing purple (hair and glasses, that is), I’m no longer thinking about things in terms of absolutes, I am way less judgmental of people of different backgrounds or ideologies, and challenges I’d avoid at all costs are now just interesting things to try. (Note: I am still not going sky diving.)
My younger readers may be saying to themselves, “Shoot, is getting older the only way to gain wisdom? Do I just have to sit here and marinate for a while?” And if you are a real estate investor, I’m sure you want to be getting deals and building your wealth NOW, if at all possible.
Jump starting wisdom
Whew, it’s okay. Hey, you may be one of those lucky individuals who are just born wise beyond their years. Maybe your deity just handed out wisdom to you, or you learned a LOT in that past life.
Granted, that’s probably not the case with most of us. How can you work to become not just smart, but also wise, starting early? Here are my ideas, from the top of my purple head: