You may be a very talented athlete. You may be a gifted speaker. You may be a creative artist. You may have a brilliant mind for business ideas. You may even believe yourself to be a wonderful spouse. But you may not be successful in these areas if you are unwilling to be TAUGHT. Not if you are unwilling to learn; if you are unwilling to be TAUGHT.
There’s a difference.
And this difference can either be an obstacle to your success, or lead you to it.
When you are willing to learn, you are willing to acquire the knowledge or skill that you need. You are at the point where you are willing to be enriched, enlightened, improved, CHANGED. How can you truly learn anything if you aren’t willing to change from having the knowledge of it? For example, how can you expect to be blessed by a good sermon if you aren’t willing to let what the pastor said sink in and take root? Amen?
BUT, to even get to this point of learning, you must be willing to have knowledge and/or skill imparted to you; you must be willing to be TAUGHT. There are many ways you can be taught. You can be taught by a teacher, counselor, coach, mentor, parent, credible friend, spouse, therapist, books, workshops, programs, small groups, seminars, instructors, or life experiences. If you are not willing to let ANY of these people or things TEACH you that which you don’t know, you will not learn and will not change and therefore, will not succeed.
Some people, as absurd as it is, actually believe they can learn what they don’t know without be TAUGHT. They refuse to pick up a book, go to a therapist, listen to an audio program, attend a seminar, go to camp, or even examine their own experiences and behaviors. They have an “I can do it myself” attitude–or a “cain’t nobody tell me nothin'” attitude–and believe they can do it by themselves without any kind of input from more knowledgeable and experienced sources.
Don’t be one of these people. If you don’t know how to be a good team player, a good employee, a good friend, a good listener, a good presenter, a good musician, or a good spouse, or whatever, open your mind to being taught how to be. Open your mind to the realization that you don’t know everything, that knowledge and skill won’t come to you through osmosis, and you have to let go of your pride and humble yourself to get what you need in order to get to the next level in your position, in your vision, in your business, in your relationship, or in your marriage.
Success doesn’t happen in your comfort zone.
Success doesn’t happen in the place where you don’t have to face your fears: fear of failure, fear of being wrong, fear of looking like a fool, fear of rejection. No, success doesn’t happen in this comfy and cozy place. Success happens outside of this place, outside of this comfort zone, where you actually have to not only face your fears, but slay them. And in order to slay them, you must equip yourself with some powerful weapons that can only be in imparted by sources outside of yourself.
How will you know if you are being taught and if you are learning? You will see evidence, that is, you will see CHANGE. If you APPLY what you learned (***this is key***), you will see CHANGE. And here’s the clincher: look for the change to occur IN YOURSELF FIRST, before you expect to see it on the job, in your relationship, or in your marriage. It makes no sense for YOU to soak up the knowledge, learn new skills, apply them, then look around at everyone else to prove that you were right and they were wrong. LOOK AT YOURSELF! Look at ALL OF YOURSELF! Be willing to change YOURSELF.
So, don’t be stubborn. Let go of your ego. Don’t miss out on some of the biggest blessings in your life because you refuse to be taught what you need to know; because you refuse to learn and apply what will help you get to your next level.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6 [NKJV]
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all they getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7 [KJV]
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