What is Wisdom?

It’s an important question. One that often gets overlooked as we go about our days, making decisions, and steering the preverbal ships of our lives. I recently had the opportunity to discuss this topic with the good folks over at UpJourney.

They’ve included some of my comments in their article discussing the difference between Knowledge & Wisdom.

Here’s an excerpt from the whole article:

“There is a very clear difference between knowledge and wisdom.

Knowledge is merely “knowing”, learning, or understanding facts as they pertain to certain situations. Wisdom, on the other hand, is the ability to apply that knowledge to given situations.

This can be in matters or moral or ethical situations, common decision making, and or communicating with others.

Here’s an example: One can read all the books, take all the courses, and even graduate with some business degree. That person can have all the book knowledge, be able to recall it on demand, and have a firm grasp on the subject matter. But that knowledge had never been tested.

That person has never had to make difficult choices to make payroll or have to bounce back from business mistakes. Once he or she goes through that process, they will come out of it with some experience on those very topics. How they translate that for future use is what we call wisdom.

Aristotle coined a phrase called “practical wisdom”, which at its core refers to the application of knowledge, experience, and common sense to given situations.

This is the ultimate goal of knowledge and learning in general: to develop an understanding of the facts and then be able to apply that knowledge in a variety of situations, relying on knowledge, experience, and common sense.”

Check out the full article here.


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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L is the president and CEO of Rehab U Practice Solutions. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center. He also has experience as an adjunct faculty instructor at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant for the State of Georgia. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT.

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