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From knowledge to wisdom: 3 things that make longevity worth living for

by John Berardi, Ph.D.

In fitness and nutrition, we’re saturated with information. But though we acquire knowledge, we seem to be lacking clarity and wisdom. In today’s video, I talk about cultivating both.

A few weeks back I was asked to give a keynote lecture at the annual Equinox Personal Trainer Summit in West Hollywood, California.

The theme of the event was “longevity”. Instead of doing another nutrition lecture, I decided to talk about something different: the importance of actively developing wisdom, especially in the midst of a never-ending barrage of facts, ideas, and opinions.

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From knowledge to wisdom: Longevity worth living for

In nutrition and fitness we're saturated with info. But for all the knowledge we're acquiring, we may be lacking wisdom. In this video, I talk about how to cultivate it. And why that's important. Either click the image to the left or the title above to get started.

Why cultivate wisdom?

The topic of "cultivating wisdom" has become extremely important to me in recent years.

It started when I realized that the health and fitness field was beginning to drown in a sea of information.

We were amassing large databases of knowledge. New research was published daily. And websites were cropping up everywhere, promising to help us crack the health and fitness code.

Yet amid these facts and stats, these opinions and assertions, we were becoming lost. What was true? And what was false? What was important? And what could we ignore?

When clients came to me, they asked not only: How can I get in better shape? but also: How do I make sense of all this?

They needed help to interpret. Prioritize. Distill the data down to action.

That's when this idea of "cultivating wisdom" started to take root.

Information becomes obsolete; clarity lasts

A few years later, when my wife and I started our family, the idea of actively pursuing clarity and wisdom really took hold.

I now have two little ones at home, both of whom are more comfortable using their iPads than I am using mine. Now, knowledge has a shelf life. When my children are old enough to learn from me, everything I know right now will be obsolete.

With that said, my children will still likely look to me for something: my accumulation of experience. My sense of what's important and what isn't. My ability to curate, prioritize, and interpret information. Not just collect it.

In short, they'll need a dad who's developed some wisdom.

When you watch today's video, consider the idea that one value of longevity is cultivating wisdom. How can you develop your "wise knowing"  to benefit yourself, your families, your friends, and your clients?

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