Some key terms:
· Capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude for grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
· The ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight
In simple terms: Intelligence is the ability to take in, learn and mentally “absorb” knowledge whereas wisdom is our ability to effectively use that knowledge.
Group Discussion: Try to describe person who has a lot of intelligence but very little wisdom -
What about a person with lower intelligence but a lot of wisdom?
What are some areas where you believe you have a good degree of knowledge? (Intelligence)
· You can consider academic (related to formal education) areas such as math, history, science, etc.
· Also think of other life areas and experiences where you picked up a degree of knowledge and expertise such as work, hobbies, trades, other interests
In what life areas do you have a lot of wisdom? (The ability to make good decisions based on your knowledge)
· Some areas to consider – Running a business, managing a family, health, relationships, dealing with other people, risk management and safety, general life skills (“life hacks”)
In what areas might you need more wisdom? – (Think of where you need to make better decisions)
Challenging question: Have you ever thought you were wise, but then you had a shift in your thinking and you started to make decisions differently?