Breakfast with Solomon - Proverbs 14:8
"The wisdom of the sensible (prudent) is to understand his way, but the foolishness of fools is deceit"
The person who is goal-oriented is clear about what he is good at and what he is not good at. There is a way to each of us: how we are wired up; whether we are detailed or see the big picture; whether we are extroverted or introverted; whether we take into account how others will react to our decisions or just look at the facts to make decisions; whether we read between the lines or read just what is written; whether we are visually oriented or audio oriented; whether we respond in front of crowds or clam up.
All of these factors help make up who we are; and when we understand how God made us, we will be in a better situation to make decisions about what we should do and what we should not do with our life.
but the foolishness of fools is deceit
The interesting thing about this phrase is that the one who is being deceived is ourselves. The selfishness, impulsiveness, and rebellion are against us. We do it to ourselves when we convince ourselves that we really want to do what we are not good at; when we talk ourselves into pursuing some goal that does not fit how we are wired only because someone else wants it or it seems prestigious.
The Scripture is screaming: Don't deceive yourself – get a clear grasp on who you really are and what your talents, skills set, gifts, desires, and experiences are. Use these to understand God's will for your life.