Yesterday, during a lovely conversation about wisdom with two fabulous ladies, I was gifted with this insights; knowledge is about collecting dots, wisdom is about connecting them.
We live in an era of big data, sensors and deep learning.
We can measure almost everything.
We can know a lot.
But does all this knowledge make us wise?
I believe that real wisdom doesn’t come from having more dots but from finding ways to connect them.
With this idea in mind, I was reflecting about the way we talk with each other. Most of the time we enter a conversation to collect dots. Collecting is a one-way process from others to us. Yes, we may have to give something in exchange to obtain what we want, but all our focus is on what we get and not on what we offer.
Connecting, on the other side, is a two-way process. It’s not about the “what”, it’s all about the “how” and the “why”. When we enter a conversation to connect with others we must open up, we have to listen to a deeper level so we can open a new channel where things flow in both direction.
So, I have an invitation for you.
Next time you join a conversation, ask yourself this simple question: “Am I here to collect or to connect?”