“How can I teach someone while I still am a beginner?” asked one of my mentees recently.
And, she was not the only one struggling. In all these years I have seen hundreds of people going around about this same question. This wasn’t new to me; I have heard it quite a lot. So, let’s start at the very core of it.
Why teach in the first place?
If I know something, shouldn’t I keep it to myself? After all, that makes me better than everyone else. Well yes but, not if you want to change lives.
Secrecy is the old way to do it. As humankind is evolving, people are learning things faster than ever. Let’s do our bit and help people learn so that they can build on top of the new learnings. That’s how I think people evolve. So, if you know something, people are anyways going to learn it if it matters. Why not become the source of learning for them. You don’t want to be the best-kept secret kept in a cupboard. or do you?
So, you better teach people how you do what you do and take people with you on the journey.
What if I have nothing to say? the next question she had
Teach people what you do, how you do it and what you know. but what is knowing anyways? (You have just started out that where we began. right?)
TEACH WHILE YOU LEARN
Everybody starts somewhere, right? what if you take people with you on the journey of learning. I always felt experts of a subject matter have a very big problem in general i.e They skip over the important stuff (not intentionally) but they do because everything is so easy for them. They don’t teach the basics even though they themselves started from them.
Why does “Teach while you learn” works?
The answer lies in the “beginner’s mindset”, beginner’s mindset talks about the state of my where we are new to the things, we don’t know enough to know the constraints involved. So, our minds go crazy about the possibilities.
Become an expert at knowing nothing. Sometimes all the skills you have and all the information you know are the biggest things holding you back. It’s only when you ask difficult questions and open yourself to new possibilities that creativity flourishes. Be simultaneously humble and proud
The beginner’s mindset helps us, as we are more curious to know, we are constantly exploring what to do.
And, it helps your students as well, as you are more relatable, you explore new possibilities; and you explore with them.
Rightly said, perfection is at infinity. when you aim for perfection it paralyses your growth. So, always seek progress, not perfection.
Never aim for being perfect, try to be better every day. And, help others become better as well. 1% of growth every day is 365% growth in a year.
Keep learning and keep sharing!!