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10 personality traits that show you’re a wise person

By | Michelle Marie Manese |

Wisdom is earned. Wisdom is gained from lived experiences. I think being smart and being wise are often confused with each other but there are often glaring differences between the two.

Smart is knowing, Wisdom is understanding. Of course, this is an oversimplification so I will try to explain more about the personality traits of wise people. Maybe you’ll even find some traits that will ring true to you!

Anyway, here are some of them:

1) Wise people have humility

Putting this on number 1 because I subjectively think this is the most important. It’s related to a lot of the other points on this list, too: Wise people are humble

I said at the start that wisdom is gained through lived experiences and you know what? Life lessons are rarely kind, if at all. It takes guts and grit to survive rock bottom, it changes people.

Wise people have been dealt bad cards in their lives, these are the people who hit rock bottom and then hit back. Or at the very least, learned. Their knowledge of life came from living it.

Months ago, I stumbled upon a clip of motivational speaker and author Lisa Nichols where she explained when it started changing for her. 

Her version of rock bottom: She had $12 in the bank and had to wrap her son in towels for 2 days because she couldn’t afford diapers. She said, “I was willing to completely die to any form of me that I had been so that I can birth the woman that I was becoming.”

It’s a disservice to only share that one quote when she said a lot more food for thought. Here’s the video, in case you need the push today.

Anyway, going back, the point is that wise people gained wisdom from these lived experiences. It’s why I believe wisdom knows no age because our youth are as capable and strong. (Case in point: Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg are on a very long list.)

So, wisdom is humble. It is quiet in its competence.

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