Dylan Spina – @DylanSpina61
“In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Think about that statement for a second, one of the most well-respected poets, authors and scholars of the 1800’s, is willing to admit that he alone does not know everything. That he is willing to learn from every man he meets. Wouldn’t it be great if most of the people who are in teaching, coaching and mentoring positions had the same thought process as that man?
It takes time to humble your ego; to be able to sit down and learn from someone who may not be a strong as you, may not be as fast as you, hell, who may not even be as smart as you. But I guarantee whether it’s in life, on the field, in the classroom, on the platform or stage that someone may know of a way to help you get better at the area you are trying to become a professional in.
I see a lot of kids my age walk out of school with a degree in whatever put them in $30-$100+ grand in debt and think because they skated by with a 2.5 GPA to get a degree, they know everything. Now I’m not hating on college kids, hell, I am one. I just want you to realize that maybe the man that has 10,000+ hours or 12 years of day in and day out learning the same thing you did without a degree may know something that you didn’t get taught or didn’t read in that $500 book that just collected dust.
This is not to say that the man that worked every day that past 12 years perfecting his craft knows everything either. Of course, he doesn’t. There is something the college kid can teach that guy that he may not know. Something like a mathematical equation and how the answer is what it is. Showing that guy how to properly get there.
Learning from someone doesn’t even have to be school/craft related. Things we learn throughout living our individual lives we can teach each others that helped us get through tough times. No two people walk the same path in life. I learned that quickly as a 21-22-year-old Sergeant in the Marine Corps, overseeing a 17-year-old rich kid from the Hamptons and a 26-year-old man that join the Corps to leave the streets of Chicago. Both men taught me something. Whether it was how either to avoid or continue in certain confrontations or how to complete a task more efficiently. It takes the act of putting the ego down and listening to learn. ITS ALL ABOUT HELPING EACH OTHER.
The main part of this writing was simply to open your mind to accepting ideas that oppose what you were taught. An Open mind creates new possibilities. Be willing to say you are wrong and they are right for the sake of getting better at whatever you’re trying to perfect.
“Sit Down, Be Humble.”
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