On any given day, I have an abundance of opportunities to learn new things in books, through people, and by listening to what’s going on around me.
I don’t know about you, but I never have enough time to learn everything that interest me. The opportunities are ubiquitous, so boredom is rarely an experience I entertain.
In this way I developed an attitude of learning. Just like I learned to do math, I can learn to be happy.
Happiness is something that we learn from our family, friends, and our environments. It is not something you achieve with certain status in life.
To change along with life we have to be teachable.
Are you teachable?
Which one of the following will help you develop a teachable attitude?
To be teachable…
- Observe: Make the practice of observing the people around you. Watch their behaviors, how they speak to each other, the words they use, and their nonverbal behaviors. Sometimes you can learn more about a person just by watching their behavior. You can easily spot genuine happiness and unhappiness.
- Be Humble: Realize that you don’t know nearly as much you think you know. Be willing to listen to others. Ask the right questions and listen intentionally. The better you listen, the more you learn.
- Appreciate the people in your life: The more appreciation you show for the knowledge, tips, and experiences they share with you, the more encouraged they will be to pour more into you in terms of their time and resources.
- Be Available: How can anybody teach you anything if you always have something better to do? Schedule time in your schedule to be teachable, engage with others, and to practice being available to others.
- Reflect on learning: Take a bit of time in your schedule to think about the things you’ve learned, how you applied them to your life, the results you experiences in your life and business. Also consider who you learned from and how the learning took place. It might benefit you as well to think about who you would like to sit and talk to for your future learning. Consider how you can be more available to share your knowledge and experience with others.