Over the years, I have been forced to ask myself so many questions; I have been forced to know why the wise are wise and why the foolish are foolish. During the course of my research, I realized that the
wise and the foolish both have 24 hours and in the course of using this 24 hours, they do almost the same things. I had to go further in my research and then discovered that in doing these same things,
there are a whole lot of differences. These differences distinguish the wise from the foolish.
I will begin explaining these differences in similarity which will be released in 2 parts.
DIFFERENCE IN SIMILARITY 1:
The wise and the foolish both procrastinate.
The Wise Man procrastinates about the less important things (watching a movie, visiting a friend for less important discussion) so he can create more than enough space for more important things.
The Foolish Man procrastinates about the more important things (reading books, doing important projects and assignments, making important decisions) so he can create more than enough space for less important things.
DIFFERENCE IN SIMILARITY 2:
The wise and the foolish sleep late.
The Wise Man sleeps late as a result of carrying out relevant planning (visions to be laid out, goals to be set, plans to be activated, critical thinking and brainstorming).
The Foolish Man sleeps late as a result of giving too much relevance to irrelevant activities (watching movies, playong games, irrelevant chats, arguments and discussions).
DIFFERENCE IN SIMILARITY 3:
The wise and the foolish work hard.
The Wise Man works hard in the sense that he is always involved in planning. He plans on how his business will grow, how he can achieve his goals to establish his vision, how he can ensure that things
work out as planned; he is always trying new techniques, ideas and innovations. He is always busy just to ensure that everything he does flourishes.
The Foolish Man is also involved in hard work because he spends most of his physical and mental energy to ensure that the wise man achieves his vision. He is not ready to pass through the stress and
rigors of thinking and bringing out ideas for himself. He prefers to work for the wise man, get paid and go about doing other irrelevant activities.
DIFFERENCE IN SIMILARITY 4:
The wise and the foolish both know about opportunities.
The Wise Man understands that opportunities are everywhere, so he looks for them. When he finds these opportunities, he make all best use of them. Just
like when Joseph was in the prison with one of Pharaoh's chief servants - he saw it as an opportunity. When the servant was released from the prison, Joseph asked him to tell Pharaoh about him. After a while,
the servant told Pharaoh about Joseph and when Joseph had the opportunity to speak to Pharaoh, he utilized it. David also saw Goliath as an opportunity others did not see and he used it to get a step closer
to being the next king of Israel. Wise people see their search for opportunities as one of their reasons for genuine success.
The Foolish Man blames his being poor on lack of opportunities. He very often uses words like "If I had my Masters degree, I would have been better than this"; "If I had known this man, I would have been richer than this".
He does not look for opportunities; he expects opportunities to come knocking and even when an opportunity comes, he is never prepared.
DIFFERENCE IN SIMILARITY 5:
The wise and the foolish spend money.
The Wise Man invests his money first and spends what is left. He spends his money on his needs and his important wants. He doesn't spend his money to buy all that his heart desires to buy; he spends his money
on things that are actually necessary at that particular period of time. He takes the pain to cut his spending so he can also start saving for future investments. He is very accountable and prudent in his spending.
The Foolish Man spends all he earns and invests little or nothing from what he earns. When he gets money is when he remembers that he is meant to buy these, he is supposed to pay for these and go shopping for that.
He has little or no plan for saving and most times he doesn't have any plan for present or future investments. He is not accountable and prudent in his spending.
I am sure you have learnt something important from the first five similarities in difference. Always remember that it is not about reading the article, but applying what you have learnt to bring out a better you.
--- Copyright © 2013 Seun Emmanuel Alaofin
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