From the Jack's Winning Words blog comes this thought - “Any experience can be transformed into something of value.” (Vash Young)
The real estate business that I'm in provides plenty of expereinces every day. No two deals are exactly alike, yet they exist within a framework of rules and laws and ethic codes that allows them to be accumulated. It is through that accumulation and reflection upon the expereinces that knowledge is gained and from that knowledge, over time wisdom is the eventual "value" that is created.
Everyone has the opportunity to look at their expereinces and try to understand them in order to add to their knowledge and gain wisdom. Some do not take advantage of those opportunities. Often egos get in the way and differnces in experinces are discounted as "not the way we do it." Failures are also great opportunities for gainign knowledge; however, some refuse to deal with failure in a positive way; prefering to find someone or something else to blame for the lackof success. For those people age does not bring wisdom and for themthe phrase "there's no fool, like an old fool" was created. An old proverb also covers them - "A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top."
So, create some value today. Take some time to think about the expereinces you have had - good or bad - lately and see what knowledge you can gleen from them. Over time the storehouse of those expereinces that have been pondered will add to your wisdom and that will make you a valuable person to know.