“The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world.”
~ Alexander von Humboldt
What this quotes means to business
There are two ways you can take this as advice for your business:
- Don’t learn from someone who hasn’t done what they are teaching
- Don’t teach anything you haven’t experienced
When I was learning to teach bellydance many years ago, my teacher said something that stayed with me. “To be a teacher, you only need to be one or two steps ahead of your students.” In other words, you don’t need to know everything, but you do need to know more than those you are teaching.
One of the best ways to learn something is by doing. If what you are trying to share with others is nothing more than something you read in a book, and didn’t apply in your life to experience first hand, you may not be the best teacher of that topic.
Yes, there are going to be topics you can only learn from a book, but none of those topics apply to business. Be wary of the “guru” who trains you to do something to improve your business that he or she has not used personally to attain the results promised.
Conversely, if you’ve heard a technique works, but haven’t experienced it for yourself, you probably should be charging people to show them how to do it. This is why I refrain from teaching many techniques I know work for others but I haven’t figured out how to get them to work for me.
Now its your turn
What are your thoughts on this quote? Have you experienced bad training? Have you struggled to learn something so you could pass it on to others? What advice do you have on this topic? Please share your wisdom in a comment below.