NIV – “The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.”
The Message – “The wise accumulate knowledge-a true treasure; know-it-alls talk too much-a sheer waste.”
American writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau wrote, “It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak and one to hear.” Think about that for a second. Do you picture yourself as the one speaking or the one listening?
Pick up a book on leadership and you’re bound to run into this concept. In my opinion, a lot of people in our society today have become a bunch of babblers and know-it-alls. By that, I mean they are so eager to give their input that they would rather talk then slow down long enough to hear what someone else is saying. It may do them good to heed the advice of the Greek Philosopher Epictetus who once said, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”
Think about this concept: If you relied on only yourself for financial advice, would you be better off or worse financially long-term? Believe it or not, all the information we need to improve our individual financial situations is out there. We just have to be willing to pursue it. Yet so many people are quick to act like they have all the answers and, as a result, stay exactly where they are instead of growing.
The leadership author, John Maxwell, gives some great insight in a recent leadership post:
“Remember, the greatest enemy of learning is knowing.”
Be slow to speak, quick to listen. I believe God has placed a dream and a purpose in each and every individual and it’s each person’s responsibility to make sure that dream is realized. If you aren’t willing to listen, earn your stripes and accumulate the wisdom and counsel necessary to reach your potential, how can you ever realize the dream God that called you to accomplish? What’s the moral of the story? Stop being a know-it-all and start being quicker to listen. The knowledge we need to grow in our personal situations is out there, we just have to be willing to listen long enough to hear it.