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How to maintain a teachable spirit

  • Value your listening and reading time at roughly ten times your talking time. This will assure you that you are on a course of continuous learning and self-improvement. — Gerald McGinnis President and CEO of Respironics, Inc.
  • It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.— John Wooden Hall of Fame Basketball Coach
  • As long as you’re green, you’re growing. As soon as you’re ripe, you start to rot. — Ray Kroc
  • Let the wise hear and increase in learning,and the one who understands get guidance. – Proverbs 1:5

teachability… teachable… capable of being instructed or taught…

The great value that the book of proverbs seeks to instill in a person is teachability, the willingness to grow in wisdom no matter how far long a person already is…

the willingness to grow…
the willingness to be stretched beyond where you are…
the wilingness to be taught…
the willingness to learn new things…
the willingness to listen and learn from people who may not hold to your school of thought or philosophy…

here are some things you can do to maintain with a teachable spirit:

  • Read, read and read some more… set a monthly goal
  • listen to friends, colleagues, and critics… Ken Blanchard said, “feedback is the breakfast of champions”
  • look for mistakes and learn how to correct them
  • be open to new ideas… new ways of doing things… Ovid said, “you can learn from anyone even your enemy”
  • give praise to others when they are right and you are wrong…
  • schedule a yearly get away to attend a conference
  • get a mentor… stay connected with a group of friends, pastor, colleagues
  • surround yourself with people who are better than you… yet never forget that a teachable spirit is able to learn from anyone
  • always push yourself, never think you have arrived, Churchill said, “the most important thing about education is appetite.”
  • humbly give and share what you’ve learned by investing in others

John Wooden said, “it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” So keep up a teachable spirit, it will take you places you never thought of.

This entry was posted in: Leadership


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