Most insights with lasting impact are not the ones we were told, but those that are reached within our own thoughts, precipitating a recognized change in thinking. Persuasion from parents, teachers or friends who claimed to have the knowledge needed to overcome an obstacle are not insights. They are advice, often with varying impact on our judgement, depending on how we ascribe importance to their opinion.
Acting while influenced by someone else's "insight" is moving more with external experience by having too much faith in what was told by others, often at the expense of listening to what was internally felt. Results come perhaps without testing innate instincts rather than in conjunction with them. This can make accepting unpleasant consequences more difficult.
Eastern philosophies often refer to "removing the veil" as an allegory, understanding that knowledge is all around, but it takes a discerning eye to see the dots that are obscured by daily distractions, and wisdom to connect them. The veil is removed when it's ready to come off. Only the individual can resonate when that time has come.
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