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As we grow old, we tend to find ways to develop wisdom and become a better individual in this plane of existence.

We tend to seek wisdom to try to learn several ways of life as we experience life real-time. Wisdom is not something we acquire overnight. It comes from years of experiencing the ups and downs of life. Life as we know it is a winding road of obstacles that may affect us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. To become better individuals, we tend to find ways to develop wisdom over time.

Commentaries on the Book of Wisdom by Russell Marlett is a book that presents life-fulfilling truths through eight-line verses. These verses are then followed by commentaries that expound their ideas. The book is not a religious compilation but rather an entertaining take on wisdom.

So, how does one develop wisdom? Here are signs a person found ways to develop wisdom:

Be Open to Challenges and New Experiences

People who are wise tend to be more open to new challenges and experiences. These people are seeking wisdom that should provide them the needed skills to use in the life journey. For you to develop wisdom as well, you need to expose yourself to several experiences. It is like learning to cross a busy street or acquiring the knowledge to eat a crab.

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Getting through several experiences allows one to reassess. You learn to be humble and endure the impacts of challenges life is throwing you.

Ask for Assistance

Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. The challenges are there to keep your mind, emotions, and spirit in balance. Wiser people can always give you the best ideas when you are stuck at a crossroads. When you still have a fear of failure, you can always ask for help from more experienced individuals.

Practice Compassion and Empathy

Traversing the ocean of life is not always easy. Most of the time, we always see ourselves in the boat getting carried by huge waves, ignoring the fact that other people can be with us on that challenge. Learning to have compassion and empathy will give you a sense of sacrificing your sense of self to allow others to enjoy life. It is letting go of self-centeredness.

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A person trying to develop wisdom would practice compassion and empathy by volunteering in charities and other programs. With this, you can practice seeing yourself in the shoes of the people you are helping.

Have No Fear of Mistakes

Gaining wisdom is not always the easiest task since it allows you to feel serious feelings. Fear is one of them. However, you should know that it will all be worth it once you learn to swerve your way out of it and just get on with life.


Life is full of trials and errors. It is true that nobody is perfect and that experience is the best teacher. Difficult challenges allow you to think of the circumstances and formulate ways to resolve them. Sometimes, we make mistakes in finding the answers to the problem. Have no fear and take on the challenge. Yes, it could be difficult and frustrating to get the wrong solutions, but in order for you to develop wisdom, you must make mistakes.

Set Yourself as a Good Example

Seeking wisdom also means practicing a wise person’s way of life. If you feel like you are not worthy of it yet, fake it ‘til you make it. You must embody the person you want to be. Practicing yourself as a good example to others will always allow you to have a new perspective in life. Get a good mentor and practice their way of living. If they give you good lessons in life, you can always follow their example. The next thing you know, you are the example other people follow.

Life is something you explore and learn from. As an evolving person, you tend to look for ways to develop wisdom and be knowledgeable about the obstacles on the way. There is a difference between wisdom and knowledge. You can use both to set yourself on a course to success. With this, you get to help people around you, become an example that they look up to, and pass down the values to the next generations.

Check out Commentaries on the Book of Wisdom by Russel Marlett via Google Books, Barnes & Noble, and other book stores today!

Russell Marlett grew up in a South Texas town, raised by well-meaning but inexperienced parents. His curiosity about religious teachings led to skepticism at a young age. After leaving college, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service, then in the Army in Berlin. Post-service, he pursued education in Houston and a career in replacement parts. He also became a prominent figure in the sport of skydiving. Marrying and starting a family prompted a return to church, sparking his interest in religious studies beyond Christianity. He became a lay speaker and found a common truth in diverse religious beliefs, which he shares in "Commentaries."
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