How Teachable Are You?

How Teachable Are You?
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Have you ever felt stuck in your personal or professional growth, wondering how to move forward? What if I told you that the key to unlocking your potential lies in a single word: teachability.

Contrary to popular belief, teachability is not an innate trait that some people are born with while others are not. Instead, it is a skill that can be learned and developed with the right mindset and approach.

Here is what it means to be teachable and the practical steps you can take to cultivate this valuable skill.

Whether in your twenties, thirties, or beyond, there is always time to become more open to learning and growth. So, let's dive in and discover how you can become more teachable today.

As someone in their thirties, I can relate to the reality that our personalities may alter as we age. I felt obligated to prove myself (and still do) to people in my teens and twenties. But now that I'm in my thirties, I'm more comfortable acknowledging my ignorance.

And what do I wish I had done better back then?

Teachability.

What exactly does it mean to be teachable?

It begins and ends with humility.

  • Everything you know was learned.
  • Everything you know was likely taught to you.

Teachability necessitates a genuine interest in others. It's interpersonal and about more than simply being a better version of ourselves.

It's about being more like Jesus, who respected and loved people.

We may become more well-rounded, but more importantly, we can love others better if we are open to learning from them. Teachability can assist us in this endeavor.

Amy Carmichael's life is an illustration of this in the real world. She served in India for 55 years and was able to love women and children in tangible, life-saving ways by being humble enough to seek out learning opportunities.

So, how do we cultivate teachability?

Here are a few examples of lessons to put into practice:

  • Accept humility. Admit your ignorance and be prepared to learn from others.
  • Look for opportunities to learn. Take an interest in people and their abilities, knowledge, or interests.
  • Put what you've learned into action. Use what you've learned to help others and positively impact the world.

Teachability can be learned at any age.

Embrace teachability and see where it leads you!

Note: Humility and an active interest in others are required.