Are You Wise Beyond Your Years?

By: Jennifer Post
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Are You Wise Beyond Your Years?
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About This Quiz

What is wisdom anyway? The dictionary defines it as "the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgment." But there might be more to it than just having experiences. It could also be about what you take away from those experiences and how you apply the things you learn to your life. As far as the knowledge part goes, it's more than just knowing facts. Anyone can memorize dates in history or names of people who have made an impact. It's taking the knowledge you acquire and applying it to real-life situations to make the best judgments.

With all that said, how is wisdom measured? Does it go by age like maturity is supposed to, or is it completely arbitrary? It's definitely completely arbitrary. Just because you are young doesn't mean you haven't had plenty of life experiences, and just because you're old doesn't mean you have. A person who has lived for 90 years but never went outside of their comfort zone or worked towards something more might not be as wise as a 20-year-old who has traveled a lot and been through serious hardships. Where do you think you fall on the wisdom scale? Take this quiz to find out if you're wise beyond your years!

When you were in school, did you care more about grades or friends?
Neither
Grades
Friends
I just cared about learning.

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Do you feel like you should have grown up in a different time?
I know I should have.
Sometimes
I love when I grew up.
Maybe in the future

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When you're out and about in public, do you find yourself watching people intently?
All the time
If they're doing something interesting
I try not to stare.
That bores me.

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Is it important for you to be understood?
Not at all
Very important
Sometimes
Only with certain people

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Do you want to work towards making this world a more just place?
That's not my responsibility.
I would love to.
I wouldn't even know where to begin.
I don't just want to, I need to.

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Would you offer someone mercy if you didn't think they deserved it?
I'm not sure.
I certainly would.
Probably not
It depends on what they did.

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What would you say is the most bothersome to you?
Lying
People who don't realize how lucky they are
Ignorance
Stupidity

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Do you consider yourself a hard worker no matter what you're doing?
I try to be.
90% of the time
I'm a hard worker with things I want to do.
Work smart, not hard.

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Are you a believer in the saying "the ends justify the means"?
Sometimes
Yes, I am.
I don't even know what that means.
That saying could be interpreted in many ways.

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Have you been known to be a practical person?
Too practical actually
Not usually
Most of the time
I can be when I need to be.

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Is it easy for you to trust people?
They have to earn it.
Fairly easy
I trust easily, but I take it away easily too.
Not at all

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Do you enjoy learning new skills or do you stick to what you know?
I love learning new things.
A little bit of both, I think.
I tend to stick with what I know.
New skills if I think they'll help me in life

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Do you find it hard to answer the tough moral questions in life?
Not usually
Sometimes yes, sometimes no
All the time
I struggle with it.

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What do you turn to when you can't sleep?
I think calming thoughts.
Music
Television
I try to read.

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Do people often come to you seeking advice or guidance?
Very often
It's happened before.
Not really
Only certain people

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If you knew something about one of your friends that you aren't supposed to know, how would you handle it?
I wouldn't let on that I know.
I'd try and get them to talk about it.
Get really awkward around them
Talk to them about it

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If you were given the chance to do something you've always wanted to do but were too scared, would you do it?
Maybe
I'd have to think about it.
In a heartbeat
If it was somewhat safe

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You just moved to a new city! What's the reason for the move?
New job
Needed a change of scenery
To be closer to family
School

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Are you a people pleaser?
Definitely not
To some people
Only at work
Never have been

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Is it a good idea to buy all your groceries and plan meals or eat out on a whim?
Both are good ideas.
I like to plan all my meals.
Weekends are for eating out.
Whichever one is cheaper is the better idea.

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What's your biggest worry at this moment in time?
Missing out on life
Everything
That I'm wasting the best years of my life working
Money

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Do you welcome change into your life?
Of course
I don't do well with change.
Yes, but only if it's a good change
Sure, why not?

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Do you believe in forgiving and forgetting?
Forgiving yes, forgetting no
Let bygones be bygones.
Nope
Sometimes I really do.

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When was the last time you did something for the first time?
Last week
A long time ago
Probably when I was a kid
Everyday

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Are you smart with your money or are you a frivolous spender?
I try to be smart with money.
I spend and save.
I'm terrible with money.
As smart as anyone paying off student loans can be

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Can you typically tell when people are being dishonest with you?
I can read people.
Not normally
I have been known to be good at that.
I can never tell.

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Do you like your home to be neat and tidy?
Not really
If people are coming over
All the time
Only the main living areas

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What do you do when you're angry at someone?
Work through it with them
Ignore them until I'm over it
Meditate
Throw things

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Do you believe in revenge?
An eye for an eye
Definitely not
That doesn't get anyone anywhere.
Sometimes it's necessary.

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Are you often told that you seem older than you are?
Yes, and I get offended.
Sometimes
My family tells me that.
I've heard it before.

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