This is an ancient proverb that has been around for a while, but I just discovered it. I believe the verse is something we all need to ponder.
Have you ever learned something new and experienced a “lightbulb moment,” only to realize you were taught the same lesson before, but it did not make sense the first time?
Learning is based on resolving issues using prior experience. The hardest part of learning is when the teacher is trying to teach, but we have not experienced the obstacles they are teaching us to overcome. So, we struggle to grasp the concepts because we are just not interested in solving that problem at that time.
Learning is a state of mind. You can only learn when you are ready to learn. The question we must ask ourselves is, are we ready to learn? When we read a book or we sit in a training class if we are not mentally ready to learn and we have not set our minds to trying to solve a problem, then, as the saying goes, the teacher will not show up.
I have found this saying to ring true as I began my writing journey. For so long I would read books and articles, but until I was truly ready to learn from the writings, I did not get much from the teacher. The key was when I started looking for ideas and thoughts to solve everyday challenges in business. When I really opened my mind to what was going on around me, then the teachers (the books I read and lessons within them) revealed themselves to me.
Next time you sit down to learn, think about what you are trying to accomplish and what obstacles you are trying to overcome. In that exercise my belief is the teacher will appear and true learning will take place.
Until next time…I’m Marty, make every minute count.