Are you teachable? Be open to learning something new.
How many times have you heard that you must be teachable to learn something new?
But what does being teachable mean?
Are some people born teachable while others just can’t be taught? Or do we get to a certain point where it’s harder to learn?
Here are some simple things we ALL can do to prepare ourselves for learning, to improve our teachability.
‘You won’t learn if you think you already know everything.’ Robert Kiyosaki
Preparing to Learn
Before buying another book, joining another course or hiring support. Take the time to find out what you want to learn and why. Knowing what you want to learn and why it could be beneficial, will help you be intentional with what you’re learning as it’s so easy to get distracted and start hoarding information.
What do I want to learn, and why? (be clear on what you want to learn and how it will benefit you)
What is my learning style? (What is your learning style, do you prefer self-study or do you need someone to cheer you on?)
How much time do I have to dedicate to this? (Have a look at your planner, what time do you have each week)
Who will you learn it from
When we are deciding to learn something new, generally it’s because we’re seeking to bridge a gap between where we are and where we’d like to be. It’s a skill to be discerning about where you decide to get information from, for example, you may not want to ask a plumber who’s never sold anything online before what the best way is to sell products on Shopify, you want to be intentional with your learning materials, do your research, decide what is important to you when it comes to your personal development. Then seek teachers, coaches, books and resources that fit the mould. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t learn anything from the plumber, they may have valid points, and I know that knowledge and wisdom can come to us from random sources, don’t be too quick to dismiss a learning opportunity, there’s always something new we can learn.
One of my (online) coaches’ Marie Forleo’ says at the beginning of her course that we must resist the temptation of saying ‘I know that already’. Sometimes we hear something we’ve listened to before and said that ‘We know it’ even if we don’t speak the words out loud. Our attitude can make us put up a fence, where we’ve stopped listening and instead, we’re looking for proof that we are in the know and it’s pointless. I’ve done this before (and catch myself doing this today). It took years of personal development to understand that most of what we think we know, we do not know if we’re not practising, and the things that I am a practitioner in always has a new level of understanding.
Being an active learner
Active learning can take on many different forms, and this could mean making notes while learning, highlighting sections you’d like to learn more about, underlining phrases or words that are new to you then discuss the things you’ve learned with a member of your team, Online this could look like joining a discussion group and participating in the comment sections. Being an active learner means you’re involved in Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) which includes, Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation. When learning, look for ways you can be more active as studies suggest that we learn 70% of what we say and write and 90% of what we do but just 10-20% of what we read and hear.
You can schedule a time to review what you’ve learned, to go over your notes and decide how you will apply the information acquired and when.
What areas of your business do you want to grow in over the next 12 months?
Did you learn anything new from this blog and how will you take action on this?
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