You are only as wise as the perspectives that you are exposed to.

Seeking new perspectives through experiences, travel and expanding the diversity in your sources of knowledge (ancient and new) becomes the direct path towards wisdom.

Expand your horizons at the meta level and minimize comfort at the micro.

How do you do this?

1.  Start reaching for a different group of people to surround yourself with.   We always here that we are the sum of the 5 people we spend the most time with.   Depending on what your goals are, those 5 people may either be bringing you up, keeping you stagnant or holding you back.    I don’t know your inner circle, nor do I know what your goals are.  Only you know that.   Do a self-audit.   See if it all aligns.  If not don’t worry.   You can still be friends and cordial with everyone, but what you cannot do is remain stagnant if you have hopes and dreams.  You must follow your path.

2.  Read books that are timeless, tested and from different ages.  We all have access to more information at our finger tips than ever.  Don’t pigeon hole yourself into reading only the latest and greatest.   Take up a challenging old classic and keep an open mind.    Approach this from a blank slate.

Some of my favorites and ones that have helped shape my philosophy are the Stoics, Alan Watts, Lao Tzu, Jordan Peterson.

Leave yours in the comments!

Need some direction in terms of where to start?  Start here.


JEFFREY BRENZEL, Philosopher, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Yale University