Monday, March 25, 2013

The Difference Between Being Intelligent & Being Wise

Contrary to popular belief, being intelligent and being wise are 2 very different things. Being smart or intelligent means that one you have the ability to maintain, process, analyze and apply a vast amount of information.

Wisdom means that you actually know how to effectively apply that information in a way that is advantageous. In other words, a wise person has the ability to maintain, process, and analyze a vast amount of information, and then utilize it effectively. Anyone can use information. But not everyone is able to execute. This may sound like sum mantis. But some very intelligent people, can make very bad decisions.

We all know a least 1 person who is intelligent, but not wise. We have even asked ourselves once or twice, how someone so bright can be so dumb. The answer is simple. Just Being knowledgable in and of itself does not make anyone effective It just qualifies the individual to take part in the profession or endeavor that they choose. Success relies heavily upon maximizing the information, and then making a wise decision.

There are some people who stymy their own progress because they equate intelligence with wisdom. They assume that every choice and decision that they make is a wise one because they take pride in their own acumen. They have the answers to each and every question before they are even asked, and although they hear those around them, they rarely listen. These people operate on a narcissistic level and take great pride in the fact that they are the smartest person in any space that they occupy. At least, this is their perception. The monumental tragedy in this is the fact that those who operate within this self imposed bubble with never gain the wisdom which is vital to fully utilize, maximize, and recognize their full potential.

So, how do we seek wisdom?

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Proverbs 8:11
For wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

We must ask God for wisdom through prayer, believe that we will receive it and have a desire to actually be wise. More than we desire material things, and more than we desire frivolity.
Nothing compares to wisdom.

Many are intelligent, but not all are wise.


Worth more than a thousand words!


  1. thanx for the info

  2. what does this saying mean:

    "A smart person learns from experience. A wise person learns from the experience of others"

  3. The summary: the intelligent would elegantly get out of a situation, in which the wise would not get into to begin with.

    1. Brilliant summation! Right on point.

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