September 11, 2013

Smart vs Wise

Let’s look at some differences between being smart and wise:

1. Logic versus emotion.

Smart people tend to process information in a logical way whereas wise people process the emotional, the spiritual and the subtle side of the logic as well.

2. Does wisdom only come with age?

Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you're too damned old to do anything about it. - Jimmy Connors. There's no doubt that a big part of wisdom does come with experience, but one of the most important formulas for gaining wisdom is to surround yourselves with people much wiser than yourself whom you trust to help you on your journey of gaining wisdom.

3. When to open your mouth and when not to.

Here's a humorous way of explaining the difference between intelligence and wisdom. Being smart is knowing your girlfriend/wife's hair style isn't as good as her last one. Being wise is knowing enough to keep your mouth shut. Gentlemen, this can help you tremendously.
Another explanation could be that a smart person is aware that a tomato is a fruit but a wise person knows not to put one in a fruit salad.

4. Know-it-all versus willing to learn and grow.

A wise person knows that they're not the smartest person out there, which makes them seek new information in order for them to learn and grow. We've all heard the saying "he is too smart for his own good," but I'm not sure how often you've heard "he is too wise for his own good."

5. Knowing versus doing.

There's a big difference between knowing things and knowing how to use what you know. Reading a book about how to start a business is a waste if you don't actually start a business. Reading a book about how to improve your health is a waste if you end up having a whole cheesecake by yourself that evening after finishing the book.

6. Employing knowledge versus employing judgment under pressure.

It's easier for a wise person to gain knowledge than for a smart person to gain judgment. The obvious difference is that being smart is a process of learning while being wise is a product of experience. Age has very little to do with this. A 17-year-old kid who grew up in a war-stricken environment has much better judgment when it comes down to how to react during war than someone who is 50 years old with no experience in war, even if that person has read every single book on war.


  1. Great post. Now i knew being wiser and smart are two different things. Ouch!

  2. And I always tell the hubby that he is smart. i am wise. ha!
    thanks for this awesome read aemy!


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