It’s said that experience is the best teacher but to learn (by wisdom) consciously through wisdom may even be better and more convenient. To learn by experience is to learn from mistakes. It means you have burnt your fingers and now “your eyes are open”. Trust me, it is a tough, costly and inconvenient way to learn. Rather than leaving our learning to experience, why don’t we learn consciously through wisdom?
We can learn by consciously going out of our way to acquire knowledge and wisdom rather than leave our learning to chance. Truly, one can learn from mistakes but why wait till when you make mistakes before you learn? We ought to give more premium to learning by wisdom than by experience. How can this done? It will involve making up one’s mind to be decisive in learning. It’s all about your mindset. A decision has to be made to learn consciously and not necessarily from negative experiences. First, realize that life is simply the “outcome and outplay of decisions”. Our life is the sum total of our decisions and our future will be determined by our decisions of today.
If we decide to learn today, we are not likely to make mistakes and when we don’t make mistakes, experience need not to be our best teacher. More so, decision making will not only be the way to avoid experience from being our best teacher. It has to be coupled with a complete and whole hearted devotion. We must be resolved, resolute, and resilient in our bid to learn by wisdom and not necessarily by experience. We must learn to be disciplined which means learning something new daily by wisdom other than experience. It means investing in books, magazines, seminars and other means by which we may become wiser.
It’s much cheaper and easier to learn consciously by wisdom other than experience.
When we learn by experience, the deed is done and we are just picking up the pieces (learning in regret in order to avoid such predicament next time). Consider the child who grabs a burning coal, he has learnt the hard way through the painful experience, but his fingers will remain burnt. Thus saying that experience is the best teacher may not be justifiable after all.
In conclusion, using other people’s experiences while applying wisdom in the process will just be much better and the best teacher.