Are you willing to be taught?
There is no lack of information in our culture. Google, Bing, and Yahoo are the new libraries of our day. All you have to do is just go to your search engine of choice, type in a few “keywords” and viola thousands of search results are now at your fingertips. Information is power! Information is no longer limited to a certain few, but information is available to anyone who desires to have the information.
Think for just a moment of the “search terms” you have entered into search engines in the last week. Want to know what restaurants are close by? Just search for restaurants within a certain distance of your location. Want to know where a place of business is located? Want to what shopping centers are close by? Want to know what the weather is? Want to know about a certain news story? Just search it! A lot of people are turning toward online search engines to be taught about the latest and the greatest.
Now before you jump to conclusions let me say that I am very thankful to have this kind of information at my fingertips. It takes research to a whole other level. As a pastor I use search engines on a regular basis to look up information that can be used in the next message or Bible Study series I am doing. While all of this technology is great, and is very useful; let us not get to the place where technology takes the place of human experience. There is something about the human element when it comes to being teachable.
Do you have a mentor?
While I have learned a lot from information produced by a search engine. I must say that I have learned just as much if not more from people in my life. I am very blessed to have a couple of mentors and elders in my life that have invested into me their time and energy. You need someone who is able to speak into your life that has veto power in your world. You need someone who is able to teach you from experience. Experience is one of the best, if not the best teacher in the world. You are never too old to learn. You can learn at any age if you have a teachable spirit.
Ken Coleman is the host of Dave Ramsey’s events, and is the host of the Entreleadership podcast. He recently tweeted the following: “If there was just one quality I could give to everyone it would be a teachable spirit. Get coaching and be coachable.”
The quality of a teachable spirit is priceless. If there is an area of your life, your family, or your business in which you are struggling, then find someone who can coach you and give you guidance so you can become stronger in that area in which you are struggling. There is no human being who knows it all. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that there is an area in your life that needs built up. If you possess the quality of a teachable spirit then you have what it takes to be a better you. There is an old saying that says: “the books you read and the people you associate with is who you will become.”
Don’t be afraid to take a class. Don’t be afraid to take a course. Don’t be afraid to find someone who will teach you. The sky is the limit for you so long as you have a teachable spirit.