“Knowledge comes from learning and wisdom comes from living.”
Knowledge and wisdom are different but interconnected with each other. On one side, Knowledge is about gathering information, and on the other hand, wisdom is to apply the knowledge in your life.
There is a very thin line between both. People usually mistake knowledge with wisdom.
Knowledge is simply information about a topic, a person, thing, or subject. It is the theoretical or practical proficiency gained over time through education or experience.
Wisdom has a broader meaning than knowledge or intelligence. Wisdom is the application of knowledge with common sense and experience.
To apply the knowledge at the right time, the right place, in the right manner to get the best possible result.
My personal opinion about knowledge and wisdom is that:
Knowledge can be given to someone but wisdom cannot be. One has to apply the knowledge he has got or inherited or passed on from the previous generation in his life. My wisdom is of no use to you, unless you accept it.
But for some people, knowledge is a high priority in life whereas wisdom is just a small part of everything that they do.
Their knowledge climbs up their head and they start being arrogant. This quote of Malcolm Forbes sets the best to such people:
How Knowledge Is Connected To Wisdom?
Knowledge is information, critical and reasoning thinking, factual, and conceptual.
Whereas, wisdom is a sense of living life and it provides you calmness, courage, common sense, an ability to think before you act, encourages unbiased judgment and ethics.
When you gather knowledge, you need to learn how to apply it in the best manner. And then your life will be immeasurable. Hence, it can only happen when you have wisdom along with knowledge. Both are like two sides of one coin.
With only knowledge, one can get successful but for a short period. Whereas with wisdom, one can get successful and become a legend if they apply the knowledge with wisdom.
Being knowledgeable is not the only key to success in life. But having a sign of courage, calmness, and respect for the people is the first duty of anyone.
I and colleague are very fond of meeting different people so that we can learn something. Similar to these meetings, one fine evening, we set up a meeting with an elderly man known commonly to us.
We thought of him as a wise man until that meeting. Earlier we have always heard him speaking on stage and it was the first time we had him face to face.
He was a speaker and a professor for many years. The purpose of our meeting was to share some knowledge and discuss some opportunities. He sat and started discussing what we mutually work on.
We presented ideas that we wanted to share. In seconds, he got furious. His language changed. His words became harsh.
We couldn’t believe that it was him whom we have known all this time.
He started degrading us (me and my colleague). All his replies were filled with the arrogance of having more knowledge that he has gained through his life.
He repeatedly emphasized more his life experiences. He didn’t hear the full presentation and just blasted. I and my colleague were just seeing the new face of this person.
The only point behind this was that we also wanted to share knowledge with our group buddies like him. On this, he started with our years of experiences ended at his self-proclamation.
He meant was that we are nothing and he is more profound and knowledgeable than everyone on that stage.
He even didn’t wait to put down his partner. And we realized that we had made the mistake of considering knowledge as wisdom.
I am not here to judge anyone, but when your actions don’t match your words, your real face comes out.
Giving speeches on the stage can be easier but applying the same wisdom to your life requires courage which very few have.
It was hurtful but we were thankful too that we knew the real face of this so-called wise person.
Thus, any amount of knowledge or experience has nothing to do without wisdom. I called knowledge as wheel and wisdom as the steering.
Moreover, a person who believes to be knowledgable titles himself as a mentor. But a real mentor never calls himself a Guru.
Hence, Shams Tabrizi has cast wonderful lines on this thought:
“There are more fake gurus and false teachers in this world than the number of stars in the visible universe. Don’t confuse power-driven, self-centered people with true mentors.
A genuine spiritual master will not direct your attention to himself or herself and will not expect absolute obedience or utter admiration from you, but instead will help you to appreciate and admire your inner self.
True mentors are as transparent as glass. They let the light of God pass through them.”
Knowledge and wisdom – both are important to run the cycle of life. But make sure one does not forget to be wise while climbing the ladder of success.