“The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.
– Pablo Neruda –
Every time I enter a library or a bookstore there’s an invisible and powerful energy coming out from the books that attract me and drags me into a magic world. It feels like the silent voices of the authors are whispering in my ears their teachings and all the wisdom that has been transcribed on paper enchants me. Sometimes I wish I had the superpower to be able to look at a book and download its contents in seconds, like in the movie “The Matrix”.
Biographies have always been one my favorite genres. I love learning about the lives of great Leaders, Artists and Thinkers. What inspires me the most is learning that all the greatest people that have walked on this planet had the same feelings and emotions that we all experience, they overcame multiple traumas and failures yet, they were able to use and transform their own pain into something greater. They were open to learn, grow, win and leave a legacy for the generations to come. These human beings give me hope and motivation to face my own obstacles and keep on following my dreams.
Confucius said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” Reflection is recognizing that the world is our mirror, through the relationship with others we learn about ourselves. Anyone can be our Master: from the old man to the kid, from the maid to the multimillionaire, anyone can teach us something. Judgement and Ego are the only things that can prevent us from receiving from others and limit our perspective.
Imitation is surrounding ourselves with people that are smarter and wiser than us so we can access their knowledge and their experience. I believe in the power of mentorship, that is why every time I feel I have limits in a specific area or field, I ask for help and reach out to people that have the expertise I am looking for. Socrates said “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” From the day we are born to the day we die, we never stop learning. When we are willing to receive from others we let their wisdom flow into our lives and inspire our journeys.
Experience is probably the hardest way to achieve wisdom because it implies we must be learn from our own mistakes and some the greatest lessons in life, are learned through our own failures. For some people it is very hard to accept failure, it makes them feel unworthy. I think that failure doesn’t exist if we choose to observe it from a different perspective and call it with a different name. I’ve failed many times in my life and I’ve been hard on myself thinking that I was a loser but then I’ve asked myself: “what is the greatest lesson I have learned from this experience?” and that simple question gave me the answer and the inspiration to move on and create something better.
Wisdom to me is one of the greatest virtues, that is why I keep educating myself with books, seminars, documentaries and simply by being open to Listen to the stories of the people I meet every day along my path. I believe that when we keep growing and expanding our knowledge we earn the right to become teachers of our own legacy.
’Til the next one!