Gaining Knowledge, Experience, and Wisdom

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The distance between knowledge and wisdom is enlightenment.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

My grandmother was always speaking in riddles, she always had a story or some words of wisdom for everything. Only we were too young to understand or appreciate the lesson she was trying to convey because wisdom comes with years. The years we had yet to experience ourselves. Wisdom comes when knowledge meets experience and our grandmother not only had the experience, she also had the knowledge and experience that come with the years. This is why those who appreciate their experiences in life, when they get older, tend to be wiser because they have taken those experiences through the years and why they are always relentless in sharing that wisdom with the younger generation.

We may think we know everything, however, it is necessary for us to learn from those who are willing to share that wisdom simply because we have not lived the years they have. We may have our own experiences but the wisdom we learn from our parents, grandparents, and older folks can help us navigate through those experiences. Making us better equipped to not make the same mistakes,  if we choose to learn from the experience and mistakes of others it gives us an advantage.  Right now, lots of the stuff my grandmother shared with me is more relevant to me now, than they were back then. They have helped me to see things that would’ve otherwise gone unnoticed. 

Even though society tells us that we should live our own truth and do whatever we think is best, it is this type of thinking that can drive you off the rails. You have to understand that your capacity for wisdom is limited to your experience, this will help you understand how important it is to learn from those people so filled with knowledge, experience, and wisdom God has placed in your life.  


Today’s Inspiration

Today’s Inspiration

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Hope like that, as I thought before, doesn’t make you a weak person. It’s hopelessness that makes you weak. Hope makes you stronger because it brings with it a sense of reason. Not a reason for how or why they were taken from you, but a reason for you to live. Because it’s a maybe. A ‘maybe someday things won’t always be this shit.’ And that ‘maybe’ immediately makes the shittiness better.

― Cecelia Ahern,

Four Things To Learn On Your Own

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Learning is a part of life, we learn from others and from our experiences. Living a rewarding life involves the simple art of balance or what we’ve learned from those around us and what our experiences have taught us. Here are four things in life you can’t learn from someone else

Stop Wasting Time– You would’ve probably read Steve Jobs’s quote,Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” I don’t think this fully becomes reality until that clock starts ticking and you realize you have more time behind you than you do before you. Time is precious, it may seem like you have all the time in the world until you wake up and you’re out of time.

Responsibility– Responsibility is not an instinctual quality everyone possesses. Some of us have to work hard in acquiring this quality. The full burden of responsibility is becoming independent in all aspects of your life, family, career, and love life. Cause and effect are the ultimate guides to responsibility and this responsibility will eventually lead to complete independence. Gaining responsibility and independence will help you make more conscience decisions in life, love, and business.

Betrayal – The topic no one ever wants to discuss, it is the thing that turns your world upside down and usually sends you on an emotional rollercoaster. There really is no way of preparing for it because every act of betrayal contains different variables. But when it happens, the first questions that come to mind are: Why? How? Can we work through this? The only persons who can answer any of these questions are the person or persons involved. Love is complicated, with social media and all the dating sites out there, make it even more complicated. There’s no official guide to falling out of love. Betrayal doesn’t always happen in romance, it happens in friendships and business as well. But, betrayal is betrayal, and no matter the circumstance, it hurts.

Happiness – Happiness is doing what you love, and success is excelling at doing what you love. Nobody else can tell you how to be happy, what or how to love. As you progress through life, these mysteries are uncovered to you and you will find them on your own. Figuring out what makes you happy is the catalyst to achieving your own version of success.

Creating Good Habits

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Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”
― Lao Tzu

Our lives are based on our habits, the good ones, and the bad ones. The habits we adopt in our lives dictate what we eat, how we react to situations, our aspirations, and our outlook on life. So many people I know complain about something not going well in their lives, but few of them actually do anything about it. To be successful in any area of your life, whether it’s success in achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, success in achieving wealth, success in becoming a better person, parent, or partner……You have to build good habits and make time for what’s important in your life. Overall wellness comes with a healthy mind, body, and soul. To have this we must create good habits for ourselves that will make that happen.

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The Greatest Tools in Creating Your Reality

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Beliefs are choices. First you choose your beliefs. Then your beliefs affect your choices.
― Roy T. Bennett

Actions have consequences! This is what I’ve always told my children and anyone that would listen. Actions also build character. We, as human beings, have the advantage of choosing our actions. Most of us do start out with good intentions, then somewhere along the line, those intentions become corrupt or tainted. Either through experience or outside forces. Whatever the case may be, the important thing is to own your actions. This is something many find hard to do, it’s like when a child is told not to take a cookie from the jar but the minute your back is turned, they dive into that jar of cookies, then, when asked who was in the cookie jar, he /she denies the fact, even when the crumbs are lying at their feet. 

With adults, it’s not that much different, because even with crumbs lying in their laps,  many adults tend to deny or ignore their actions altogether unless it’s a good thing bringing them some form of accolade. They will quickly praise their success but just as quickly refuse to address their wrongdoing. Being caught gives a sense of failure, we all know, no one likes to be caught with their hand in the cookie jar.  So again, a choice has to be made.

Your character is measured by your ability to own your actions, whether they are good or bad. All relationships are built on how well or rather how honest you are, long-term relationships, whether work, casual or intimate, can only be strengthened by the deciding factor of truth. You may not always like the outcome, but there is always a resolution for everything.  Ignoring the issue tend makes matters worse. Honestly is highly respected, by addressing your shortcomings, it’s easy to gain trust, and people will know they can rely on you. Even if the outcome is a negative or disappointing one, at least you would be someone to be respected. 

The greatest tool in creating your reality is the gift of choice. Your actions have consequences, and those actions also forge your destiny, so choose wisely. 

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
― J.K. Rowling

But until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”
― Stephen R. Covey

You are not the victim of the world, but rather the master of your own destiny. It is your choices and decisions that determine your destiny.”
― Roy T. Bennett

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
― Theodore Roosevelt

6 Lessons to Help You Navigate The Real World

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It’s great to have an active imagination, but eventually, you have to come back to the real world! ~YNG

The “real world” sucks! It’s filled with disappointments, hard lessons, frequent pain, and lots of changes. You drown yourself in work trying to progress to the next level. While struggling with trying to find the answers to the hard lessons life tosses at you, it becomes a complicated sea of disappointments and changes.  The “real world” is like the school of hard knocks, where you’re taught to navigate through success and failures in order to align your future and achieve your goals. 

While you’re fighting to keep your head above water in the real world, don’t forget to come up to take a breath. Life is about breathing, it’s about living your best life but most importantly, life is about knowing when to slow down, when to

Life Hacks to Navigate the Real World. 

Fear is an Anchor – You have the choice to Forget Everything and Run or Face Everything and Rise.  Fear will weigh you down like an anchor. Don’t be afraid to take educated chances but also don’t be afraid to walk away if something doesn’t make sense to you. 

Keep Up with Current Events – Don’t get immersed in the news but try to keep up. I felt a bit out of it when a friend of mine asked if I had heard about the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. I hadn’t! It’s easy to get so caught up in life that everything else becomes secondary.

Identify What You Want – What you don’t want in life is just as important as what you don’t want.  If you put all your focus on what you want, you’ll end up attracting what you don’t want.  If you’re constantly running after money, money is going to find a way to run away from you.  Instead run after knowledge, skills, and wisdom and all the good things will follow. 

Don’t Ignore Your Problems– Ignoring your problems doesn’t just make them magically disappear! Sooner rather than later those problems will get worse, address your problems. 

Do What’s Important First – Make a list of all the things that are important to you and do them first! Procrastination is the most common time waster. We tend to put those important things off in favor of little things. Those little things add up and can take up a huge chunk of time.

Never Ignore your Instincts-  This has saved me so many times. I’ll say this honestly, friends don’t know what’s right for you! It’s important to have friends and colleagues to talk to but never ignore your own instincts. No one knows what’s best for you, but you! your instincts will help you evaluate circumstances better than anyone else. 

Today’s Inspiration

Today’s Inspiration