Unwilling to Learn

I think a lot about learning and teaching (waaaay more than someone should)
One idea that jumps out at me is you can’t teach to someone who is unwilling to learn. Not truly. They might listen and nod there heads in agreement, but they aren’t real in it. And if you force them to learn it anyway they will resent you for making them. (who does this guy think he is anyway?) Forcing ideas down people throats (even for the right reason) backfires into the opposite of your intentions.

Have you ever had a doctor that smoked?

It’s difficult to teach about health & wellbeing, values, relationships, business, life and more without a willing and openness to improve and learn in those areas yourself. To teach a topic, you must first live the example. Or in other words — You must do it. 

You can’t teach someone about health if you don’t practice what you teach. They will take one glance at you and know that you are phoning it in.

This is amplified even more so when you’re trying to help friends or family — someone you have known for a long time. In my experience, sometimes you can be too close to someone for them to take your advice. They painted you as a happy-go-lucky person, watched you make mistakes, or have seen you in your boxers — not as someone who has valuable insights on life.

Everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to teach.
Some teaching requires a handshake. It takes two to tango. 
Without a willingness to grow on both sides, neither will learn. (Don’t leave me hanging bro)

If you desire to teach someone, they will listen when they are ready to be taught. And if you’re too close, guide them subtly by pointing them to other resources (books, people, etc) that have helped you on your journey. 

Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

Related Wisdom:

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward

“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” — Swami Vivekananda

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