A wise person knows: when and how to make ‘the exception to every rule.’

“A wise person knows: when and how to make ‘the exception to every rule.’

A wise person knows: how to improvise. Real world problem are often ambiguous and ill defined and the context is always changing.

A wise person is like a jazz musician, using the notes on a page but dancing around them, inventing combinations that are appropriate for the situation and the people at hand.

A wise person: is made and not born. Wisdom depends on experience. And not just any experience. You need the time to get to know the people you are serving.You need permission to be allowed to improvise, try new things. Ocassionally to fail and to learn from you failures. And you need to be mentored by wise teachers.

The good news is that you don’t need to be brilliant to be wise. The bad news is that without wisdom brilliance is not enough. It is as likely to get you and other people into trouble as anything else.”

Barry Schwartz

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