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Thoughts on Wisdom

Thoughts on wisdom, common sense, and being clever - how do you reach your goals? What kind of attitude do you need to have? Wisdom from Within - Ernesto Cole

Cleverness is not wisdom.

Every man is a damn fool, 4 of at least 5 minutes every day—wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.

Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters—one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

A prudent question is half of wisdom.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply for unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.

If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome—if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent—if you believe the military, nothing is safe.

Life is traveling to the edge of knowledge, then taking a leap.

The wisdom of the wise is an uncommon degree of common sense.

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself.

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

From the errors of others, a wise man corrects his own.

It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.

The future has arrived, it’s just not evenly distributed yet.

The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.

Wisdom is knowing what to do next—virtue is doing it.

Ernesto Cole

The General and the CEO

The general and the CEO - a lesson on management and work ethic, getting the job done - the chicken and the pig - fable story of wisdom - Ernesto Cole.

The General and the CEO

A four-star general was taking a tour of the company that had been hired by the military to complete a major defense contract.

Despite the CEO’s assurance that this particular project would be completed on time, the general felt that the CEO’s team was not 100 percent committed to getting the job done.

He argued that they should remain at work and do whatever it takes to succeed, even if it meant working much longer hours, taking extra time away from home and family, and putting themselves under additional personal pressure and stress.

He told the CEO that understanding personnel management was like eating bacon and eggs for breakfast — the chicken was involved and the pig was committed.

The contractor smiled and said, “Well, that’s true, General, but the pig is dead, and the chicken is still producing eggs. I want my people to stay involved.

The general backed down, and the project was completed on time.

Ernesto Cole

Why Does a Bird Sing?

Why does the bird sing? A lesson in teaching to those who will listen or not - why argue with someone when you can't change their mind? Learn from this fable on changing people's views by Ernesto Cole - Wisdom From Within

Why Does the Bird Sing?

A teacher who had received much acclaim for his insights and discourses into the nature of the universe was asked by one of his students what the difference he hoped to make in the world through his teaching.

After a few moment’s thought, the teacher replied that he had no such hopes. “Those who can truly hear what I have to say don’t really need me to say it. Those who can’t hear could listen until I was hoarse and could no longer speak without changing in the slightest.”

The student was confused.

“But if you can’t make a difference with your ideas, why do you teach at all?”

The teacher smiled. “Why does a bird sing?”

Ernesto Cole

The Young Samurai

The Young Samurai story - learning about heaven and hell from zen master - lessons in life, wisdom and fables from Ernesto Cole.

The Young Samurai

A young samurai warrior stood respectfully before the aged Zen master and said, “Master, teach me about Heaven and Hell.”

The master snapped his head up in disgust and said, “Teach you about Heaven and Hell? Why, I doubt that you could even learn to keep your won sword from rusting! You ignorant fool! How dare you suppose that you could understand anything I might have to say?”

The old man went on and on, becoming more and more insulting while the young swordsman’s surprise turned first into confusion and then to hot anger rising by the moment. Master or no master, who can insult a Samurai and live?

At last, with teeth clenched and blood nearly boiling in fury, the warrior blindly drew his sword and prepared to end the old man’s sharp tongue and life all in one furious stroke.

But at that very moment the master looked straight into his eyes and said gently, “That’s Hell.”

Even at the peak of his rage, the samurai realized the master had indeed given him the teaching he asked for.

He had hounded him into a living Hell, driven by uncontrolled anger and ego.

The young man, deeply humbled, sheathed his sword and bowed low in awe of this great spiritual teacher.

Looking into the master’s ancient smiling face, he felt more love and compassion than he had ever felt in all his life and at that point, the master raised his index finger and said kindly, “And that’s Heaven.”

Ernesto Cole

I Asked God

Unanswered prayers answered - wisdom through prayer and thanksgiving - Ernesto Cole

I Asked God

I asked God to be first in line, but He placed me in the back so that I would have patience and know humility.

I asked God to be the center of the world, and He taught me that vanity sets me apart from the center of anything.

I asked God for fame and glory, but He gave me simplicity and comprehension so that my ego would not hurt others.

I asked God for a fast car, but He gave me a firm step through the right path so that I would not crash my feelings.

I asked God for a mansion, but He gave me a small home full of tenderness and love.

I asked God for lots of money so that I can have many friends, but He gave me something better – He offered me His friendship, not for money… but for my sincerity.

I asked God for good health, so I can conquer my wishes, but He gave me sickness so that once I experienced it, I would conquer patience and a dream or two and believe more in Him, so my ego would not get the best of me.

I asked God for handsomeness, however, He gave me sensibility and spiritual beauty so that I would not feel better than others.

I asked God to always make me happy, yet, He made me know sadness so that I can understand that life is not only composed of beautiful things and to have compassion for others.

I asked God for a strong character, but He gave me a soft heart and a gentle character so that I can love and help others.

I asked God to never let me cry, however, He made me shed a tear from my heart by feeling impotent when I could not help a loved one and express loving words to show how much I loved them.

I asked God for a very attractive woman to satisfy my ego and cravings… He gave me you to show me love and satisfy my needs!

I asked God to allow me to have the world at my feet, but He made me realize that it is better to have friends in my heart.

Because of all this, My Lord, do not give me all I ask for… only what up to this day you have given me!

Thank you!

Ernesto Cole

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