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Leadership Insights: Is Wisdom the First Priority in Your Life?

When wisdom is manifest in action, wealth and well-being are often created. Yet we seem to long for wealth and well-being without seeking wisdom. Wisdom comes first; it is the seed for wealth and well-being.
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Imagine a world, company or life committed to nourishing every glimmer of wisdom from the cradle to the grave. How would a world whose first priority was seeking and manifesting wisdom feel? Can you see how wisdom would flourish into genius with waves of innovations that naturally lead to abundance and wealth beyond our imagination today?

Wisdom Has Created Wealth and Well-Being Worldwide

I have been working with CEOs and their teams for over 25 years. Their biggest challenge is building teams that create new innovative realities before others have even thought of them. Two minutes of true insight and wisdom can discover realities that can change the world, your life or your company, small or large. A flash of insight into the true nature of something important to our future can create a whole new world, as did Columbus when he sailed toward the western horizon.

Ancient Wisdom

The stone circles created 5,000 years ago are examples of ancient technology, which enabled prediction of the seasons and increased agricultural productivity. Someone noticed the position of the sun each season, had an insight and began laying out stones. Then the technology spread by word of mouth, and the world changed forever. There are remains of over a thousand stone circles in the U.K. today.

Wisdom Is the Seed

I have seen leaders whose teams, once sparked by wisdom, are like a basketball team "In the Zone" on a fast break committed to a new innovation. I have found a number of important elements on these teams. But the first is wisdom that reveals insight, that creates actions that unleash wealth and well-being. Wisdom is the seed for our field of dreams. The definition tells us why:

"Wisdom: n. 1) The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight. 2) Common sense; good judgment: 'It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.'"

Without this discernment most of the innovations that make our world so comfortable and safe would not exist today. For example, the use of fire, the wheel, refrigeration, our communication satellites, the Internet and machines that can fly from one continent to another with the best safety record of any form of travel ever. When the great sailing ships, which were technological innovations, were the only way to cross the oceans entire crews where lost. The dangers to travelers and businessmen were enormous. There was no telling when a ship would be crushed by a storm, or blown into the uncharted wilderness beyond the reach of civilization. Our collective wisdom has discovered new technologies that have dramatically improved wealth and well-being worldwide.

Is Seeking Wisdom a Priority for You?

How many leaders make the deepening of wisdom an organizational or national priority? Few, I would say. Do you make seeking wisdom one of the most important commitments in your life? Are you refining your "ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting"?

When wisdom is manifest in action, wealth and well-being are often created. Yet we seem to long for wealth and well-being without seeking wisdom. Wisdom comes first; it is the seed for wealth and well-being. The desire for wealth and well-being is not enough. The need for wealth or well-being often interferes with wisdom. When wisdom is the priority for an individual or a team passionate about a purpose, they create what seem like miracles.

Organizing Wisdom Worldwide

My dream has always been to lead a team of champions in their fields that partner with leaders to create wisdom, wealth and well-being on a global scale. To me it is our only choice. How many times has a dream glimmered in your consciousness and then was lost? Have you ever seen a new innovation in your mind's eye, let it go then seen it implemented by someone else? Companies, societies and people who do not make wisdom, and the manifestation of wisdom, a priority lose great amounts of wealth and well-being every day. On the other hand, imagine each person on your team, company, in your life, and country committed to seeking the wisdom that unleashes their own genius and the genius of others. Imagine technologies that could be manifest, and then picture how our world would improve.

A New Renaissance Could Happen Today

The Renaissance came out of the Dark Ages to create the wealth and well-being we have today. I am assembling teams of seasoned business partners who have found their natural genius and have wisdom working in their favor. Teams who partner with leaders and investors, who make seeking and manifesting wisdom their first priority, will change our world. They may even seed a New Renaissance. I recommend that you stop wasting time doing anything that does not lead to developing your own wisdom. Make seeking and manifesting wisdom your first priority, and find others who are committed to seeking and manifesting wisdom. It will be the most fun and exciting thing you have ever done, and we will all benefit from the wisdom you discover.