"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something" - Plato
"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest" - Confucius
"It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things" - Henry David Thoreau
"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom" - Bertrand Russell
"Wisdom outweighs any wealth" - Sophocles
"Patience is the companion of wisdom" - Saint Augustine
"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer" - Albert Einstein
Universally and across ages; patience, perseverance, discretion, courage; are held as building blocks and evidence of wisdom. The road map is obvious and obviously tough to follow going by the evidence of strife in life in general. So to get ahead a door needs to open to let out the self, and let sense in - the self that gets in the way of you and you, you and them.