What Harvard Won’t Teach You

What Harvard Won’t Teach You

I was able to talk with a long time congressman in an airport recently – until he boarded early to get into his first class seat.

I actually enjoyed the conversation. He was a sweet man. Quite charismatic. His English wasn’t the best, but you could tell he cared. You could also tell he felt he was slightly better than the rest of us.

As he boarded the plane I thought to myself It’s nice guys like him in Washington who are messing up this country.

I think we forget sometimes that people run the government. Flawed people just like you and me. They may act smarter, heck, they may have even gone to Harvard or Yale, but those schools don’t teach what you need to lead.

Those schools teach knowledge. You can have lots of knowledge and still be horrible at life. Some of the best marriage counselors I know are divorced.

Knowledge is worthless if you don’t know how to apply it. Wisdom is priceless. Wisdom is the right application of knowledge.

If you don’t have wisdom you can have all the power, prestige and intellect in the world and you’ll still be a fool.

You may have barely finished high school or you may have a Ph.D. from Stanford, but if you don’t have wisdom you’ll take whatever else you have and run it into the ground. A marriage. A government. Your finances.

The most extraordinary people I know aren’t the most powerful or educated. They are people with wisdom. No amount of charisma, education or skill can make up for it.

Cool thing is, it’s available to all by simply asking:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  James 1:5