6 Things Wise People Never Do
By Sandy Schroeder
Wise people who have been around have often learned the hard way what works and what does not. Lifehack outlines a few of their lessons learned, and what wise people never do.
They do not lean on others too much – It’s great to have family and friends that you can count on, but relying too much on others may make you vulnerable if things suddenly change. It may also make you feel weak and ineffective. If you find yourself relying on others a lot, figure out why. Has your situation abruptly reversed itself, or do you simply feel insecure? Pin down the causes and make the effort to be independent.
They do not use luck as a backup – We all need a little luck sometimes, but relying on luck to pull things through on a regular basis invites trouble. Just when you need it most it may disappear. Instead, do your best work, and always have a Plan B in your pocket, in case circumstances change.
They never ignore feedback – You may not always agree with suggestions for change, but you can usually learn something from them. Take the time to digest the comments and try them out if they seem feasible.
They don’t quickly abandon ideas – When ideas do not attract lots of supporters, it may be time to step back and figure out why. If you did the homework to create a solid plan or idea, spend a little more time seeing if it can be salvaged. As you review it, you may discover what it needs to become a popular idea.
They never ignore chances to grow – Really smart people are always open to learning more. No matter how much you have worked or studied in your field, there are always new angles and new information to be had. Some of the smartest people that I know are also the most inquisitive. They always want to know more, and have new questions.
They never fail to spread out their interests – You won’t know the real value of Plan B until you have to use one in a critical situation. Then you will be very glad if you have a backup plan for whatever project, trip or venture you are doing. I have lived through trying situations without a Plan B, and survived other equally trying situations with a Plan B. The difference is unbelievable. Whatever you are doing, always spread out your investments if you can. Have something in place that would be workable if you need it.
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