Helping Others Learn
The well known old Chinese proverb says, If you give a person a fish, he eats for a day, if you teach him to fish, you feed him for life.
Teaching a concept to others is like that. They learn and can apply the concept. But teach someone how to learn, how to increase their knowledge, and you have given them a gift for life.
Teach someone how to read or listen effectively, so they remember what they read or heard, is like teaching them to fish.
Most people hardly listen. They can’t remember someone’s name nor what they said. When you learn to listen for content and context, for the meaning, then you will remember and those who feel listened to will remember you for that appreciation you showed.
My challenge to you: Learn something new every day and share it with at least one other person
It would be great if you could plan 5 items for your “I want to learn this” list and if you can do that, super (supercalifragilisticexpialidocious)!
If not, you can just think of something every morning that you will seek out that day and make sure you have shared it with someone before going to sleep.
Finally, you can sign up with me for the 5 days of inspiration with creative, critical, and curious small challenges every day.
Let me know if you have taken up the challenge and which of the 3 ways you will do it.
Learn something new every day.
Set a goal to learn something new every day. Our lives are completely disrupted and upended by the health crisis we are in. Time is the one resource you have that you have no way to save for later. Even admitting that there are times of these days where you don’t feel like doing anything, having a goal to learn something new can take many forms.
If you have been cooking and baking to pass the time, try something completely new and different using items in your pantry.
If you re reading a lot, look for a book or article on a different or unusual topic asking yourself how you can use or share the new learning.
If you are staring at the computer or phone screen many hours a day, explore a new site on a subject that might be interesting but different from your usual wanderings.
If you sit and stare out the window, focus on some of the small details of what you see. What do they mean?
If you are writing a journal and the subjects have gotten repetitive and boring, choose something at random from a page in a dictionary or magazine (could be online) and explore and write about it.
Seek to learn something new every day. Every evening review what you learned that day asking yourself with whom you can share this new topic.
Sleep well and stay well.