The Wise Learn from Both

We should aim to learn from both experience and the advice of others.

The Prussian and German statesman of the 19th century, Otto von Bismarck, famously said,

"Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others."

While this is partially true, the Yogis would argue that a true fool wouldn't learn from either experience or advice. The wiser path is to learn from both.

To truly grow and learn, we must question everything and constantly seek new and better ways of doing things. Even if something has been done a certain way for years, it doesn't necessarily mean it's the best way. Even experts in their field can make mistakes. We must remain open to new perspectives and always strive for improvement.

However, this doesn't mean we should ignore the advice of those who have come before us. There is profound wisdom to be obtained from the experiences of others. If we are wise, we will learn from their successes and mistakes, and use their guidance to navigate our own journeys.

As the early 1900 writer Yogi Ramacharaka wrote in his book, Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy,

"Accept nothing as final until you have proven it; but, if you are wise, you will profit by the advice and experience of those who have gone before. Everyone must learn by experience, but others may serve as pointers of the way. At each stage of the journey, those who have progressed further have left signs and guideposts for those who follow. The wise person will take advantage of these markers."

We should aim to learn from both experience and the advice of others. By questioning everything, staying open to new perspectives, and learning from those who have come before us, we can continue to grow and progress towards a deeper understanding of the truth.

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