This isn’t an ad for you to get certified as a public school teacher. We each have skills that we have acquired over our years of experience. Even young people have great talents that they might take for granted. Recently I heard a young employee talking about how if it weren’t for her, no one in her office would be able to run Microsoft Excel. She was teaching all the “older” people in her office how to use it efficiently! That is a great example of teaching! I have been taught skills by many people over my lifetime. Some I became proficient in, and others I only have a cursory knowledge of how to do the task, but either way, I was enriched by what each person took the time to teach me. Step out and show a kid how to do something that will be a valuable life skill for him.  Take a new employee under your wing and teach her to be great at what you do! In our world where so many parents are both working just to make a house payment, kids and young adults are desperate for someone to teach them the things that mom and dad used to teach. Basic skills like cooking, auto repair, how to drive, scrap booking, are all things that many youth don’t know how to do simply because no one has taught them. In kind, young people, Help open the world of the internet up to someone. Teach them how to use that phone they have for more than just a phone call. (But please don’t teach Grandma to play Angry Birds or you will never see her without her iphone again.) Be open to sharing the skills you have with others and I truly hope you find someone to teach them to.
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8 Responses to Should You Start Teaching?

  1. Deeone says:

    Another goodie, Burl!

    When we teach other’s, we in fact are learning the topic a bit more ourselves. We are life learners and teachers, we are constantly learning things, and should share what we know and learn with others. That’s why each time someone asks me something concerning blogging or writing, I feel honored that they ask me, first of all; but I also feel pleasure when I am able to provide them with an answer. We’d be surprise of how much information is inside of us, if we would share what we know with others.
    Great post, my friend. :)

    • Burlw says:

      Thanks Deeone! In my “real job” teaching Spanish, I have found that to be true so many times! Once we help others to learn something, somehow we really internalize it!

  2. Hiten Vyas says:

    Lovely post Burl.

    I just got a surge of excitement down my back as I read it. There is nothing like teaching a person a skill, which will help develop the individual, and help them do their work and live their lives better.

  3. Burlw says:

    Thanks Hiten! Hope you will share your areas of expertise with others!

  4. Akos Fintor says:

    Hey Burl,

    In my opinion there is not a single person on Earth who could NOT teach something to somebody.
    I also believe that partly we were put on this planet to fill that destiny since we are an individualized expression of the Universe.
    Besides teaching is giving; and what is more fulfilling than that?
    thanks for the reminder!

    Akos

    • Burlw says:

      Akos,
      Great point my friend! To quote the greatest giver of all, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Thanks for the comment! Hope you have an awesome day!

  5. Floy Bays says:

    Trusting to make the right decisions can be tough. Many of us develop this ability over the course of our life. Frankly it takes more than just happening to happen.

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