What can you teach me today?

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.
– Alexandra K Trenfor

Wouldn’t it be great if every day, in every conversation, you viewed the interaction or experience, as a true learning opportunity for yourself? What if everything was viewed with the lens of “What can I learn from this today?”

The reality is you can’t – it’s too tiring and frankly unappealing for every episode or occurrence to be seen in that way. People just don’t do that.

But if you could – suspend judgement for a moment – could you see how much better your world would be for it?

Teachers are a rare breed in today’s world.

In doing their life’s work, teachers battle so much including an educational system that is in dire need of a complete overhaul. With the advent of so much technological advancement around us, you wonder why so much of formal education has not kept pace.

You teach the most the things you need to learn.

Teachers teach, question, inspire, implore, challenge and support you every step of the way. Though the years may fly, their dedication is visible in the daily grind and in the joy they bring in the lives they touch.

Teachers carry on, diligently and proudly, a rather thankless role, the appreciation of which comes to pass significantly later in life.

I, for one, have only come to a deeper realisation of the role and impact teachers have, much later in life. More precisely, after I had kids.

What can I teach you today?


… you learn best by teaching another;
… you realise you teach the most, the things you need to learn;
… you don’t always need to know all the answers in order to teach;
… you set out to teach and realise you’re the one getting the important lessons.
.. you, the teacher, and she, the student, live in a symbiotic world, where teacher is also learner and vice versa.

Happy teacher’s day!

What can you teach me today? What do you think we need to spend more time learning? Please share your thoughts in the comments, as I too want to learn from you.

I run the VerticalDistinct platform to support both Human Resource and Technology professionals. I blog on the entrepreneurial journey. I write for Women of HR , am Associate Editor at the HR Gazette and post on LinkedIn.  Let’s connect, let’s learn from each other. Let me know how I can support you.


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