Experience Is Not The Best Teacher

Conventional wisdom says experience is the best teacher. But I’m not sure that’s the case. As a lawyer and advisor, I regularly meet older people who make the same bad decisions over and over again. If the conventional wisdom is accurate, then those older people should be making better decisions because they have more experience. So what is missing for those people who are making these boneheaded decisions? Well, one of the things that is missing is what many people call “reflection.” I like the way John Maxwell says it: “Reflection turns experienced into insight.” And it’s insight that gives you that special understanding that helps you improve your life and the lives of others.

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