Knowledge vs. Wisdom

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What is the difference between Knowledge and Wisdom?

One of the main philosophies that makes up the core foundation of Yothera, is the principle of Experiential Learning. Malcolm Knowles, an adult educator and teacher, coined the 4 Principles of Adult Learning Theory, or in other words, how adults find wisdom.

  1. Adults need to be involved in the planning and evaluation of their instruction.

  2. Experience (including mistakes) provides the basis for the learning activities.

  3. Adults are most interested in learning subjects that have immediate relevance and impact to their job or personal life.

  4. Adult learning is problem-centered rather than content-oriented.

As you can see, Wisdom as adults, is gained from direct experience, instead of passed-on knowledge or information, as we are used to learning as children.  


Much of my life was spent being given other people's knowledge, masked as “wisdom.”  This often presents as external authority figures, such as religion, financial or educational institutions, parents or other perceived authority figures, corporate/bureaucratic models of management, etc.

It is only through personal experience, pain, sorrow, ecstasy, joy, and anywhere in between—that one gains their own wisdom.  It can sometimes be easy to fall into the trap of simply believing what sounds good on paper, or following what other's say works for them.  However, the best results in personal transformation have come from a willingness to feel every step of your own journey, and constantly re-evaluate your path.  It also helps to have mentors and a small circle of trusted friends to help hold you accountable along the way!

Only you get to create your wise path, paved with each unique experience along the way.