During the last few workouts, we mined Solomon’s writings for nuggets of wisdom. Going forward, we’ll see that we can find extensions of Proverbs wisdom in lots of places. Plus, modern day sources can also contain specific practical advice that can we put to use in our lives right away.
Next, we’ll explore the wisdom in Brene Brown’s research and teachings on vulnerability. Inspired by Roosevelt’s “it’s not the critic who counts . . .” quote, Brown’s work explains why it’s hard to be vulnerable, and also why it’s so important.
Not surprisingly, Proverbs 13 teaches us the same thing. By forcing our egos to take a back seat, we gain the incredible benefits and insights found when we connect with others.
For a head start, be sure to watch Brene’s TED Talk down below.
Pride and Conflict
Solomon claims that pride is the number one source of conflict, so before you engage in conflict, ask yourself if your primary motive is to sustain or build your ego, or defend it when its been attacked. If it is, that’s not a valid reason to start a fight or be drawn into a conflict.
Solomon’s suggestion? Seek advice from outside counsel before being drawn into a conflict. He implies that wisdom gained from such counsel will usually allow you to refrain from engaging in a conflict driven by pride.
“Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.”
– Brene Brown
Today, I will make a deposit to my “wisdom” account.
Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.