A big part of our personal and professional development is directly related to how well we learn from others. Teachers who learn and grow stay fresh and focused, are more passionate and effective (and far less likely to become stagnant and stuck).
Here’s 3 ways to learn from others.
1. Think right.
To learn from others we must think right. We must understand that there’s something we can learn from everyone, even the most ‘unlikely’ people. Dale Carnegie understood this when he said, “Every one is my superior in some way.”
2. Be curious.
To be curious is “to be eager to know or learn something”. Every person you meet, talk to or interact with is a person whom you can learn from. Adopt a curious attitude and commit to learning something new every day.
3. Listen. Don’t just hear.
There is a big difference between ‘hearing’ and ‘listening’. Hearing is simply the process by which your ear receives sound. Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do. Listening requires you to concentrate so that you can gain meaning from words and sentences. And here’s the thing: it is listening (not hearing) that leads to learning.
Learning from others is essential to your continued growth as an outstanding teacher.
Try it today.
Enjoy the journey.
And more importantly, enjoy the moments.
P.S. The person who I constantly learn from (and who was my inspiration for becoming a teacher) is my Mum. And for the first time, we are doing a webinar together. A FREE webinar. Lessons Learned From A Lifetime Of Teaching. Register today as places are seriously limited.