Three Choices You Must Make for Personal Growth and Life Success

Wise people listen, learn, and look for qualified counsel

Brian Tubbs


Three thousand years ago, King Solomon wrote: “[L]et the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance…” (Proverbs 1:5, NIV).

This ancient exhortation, part of a collection of pithy wisdom sayings available to us today in the biblical book of Proverbs, reflects the very choices people must make for personal, emotional, and intellectual growth.

Fail to make these three choices, and you effectively sabotage both your professional and personal life.

Look for Wisdom

With apologies to King Solomon, I’m going to take the third part of his saying and put it first in this article’s sequence. I’m confident he won’t mind, not just because he’s…well…dead, but because the third item in Proverbs 1:5 actually reinforces and underlines the first two.

Those who desire to be wise and successful should “listen and add to their learning,” but it’s important that they “listen” to the right sources.

The importance of listening to the right people is why Solomon qualifies the first part of Proverbs 1:5 with the second. Don’t just “listen” and “add to [your] learning,” make sure you are getting proper “guidance” (NIV) or “wise counsel” (NKJV) in the process.

Solomon also says: “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14, NKJV).

Note Solomon doesn’t say there’s “safety” in a “multitude” of opinions!

The ancient Israelite king would probably warn strenuously against being swayed by mere opinion.

Solomon encourages that we seek safety in a multitude of counselors.

In other words, we must seek out and listen to men and women who are qualified to give us appropriate counsel.

If you want to start and grow a successful business, seek out men and women who have started and grown successful businesses. If their businesses are similar to the one you wish to start, all the better.