The student or the employee must be willing to learn too.
There is a famous proverb that says, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I agree with this proverb, but a man/woman must also be willing to learn how to fish.
Too many times, we blame the teachers and leaders for not teaching others what to do when we really should be blaming ourselves. Sometimes we are not desperate enough because if we are desperate enough, we will do what it takes to learn. Of course, some may argue and say some people don’t know what is available and so how will they learn. This is why it is important to ask questions.
There is only so much one can do.
Teachers are there to teach students. Parents are there to train their children. Likewise, leaders are there to lead by example and to ensure that there are opportunities and training available for their staff. Some individuals learn differently, some individuals are slow to learn, and some individuals are fast learners. Therefore, teachers, parents and leaders sometimes must find different methodologies to train others. However, there is only so much a leader can and should do.
You must be willing.
I believe many of us have missed out on opportunities because of our attitudes. The Community College in the Turks and Caicos is offering free tuition. How many of us have register with the College.? Many of us complain that we need a technical school. While we do not have a separate technical school, the Community College has a technical and vocational training program. How many people have registered in this program?
Many of us also complain about not having access to capital. Well Invest TCI has grants of $30k available for selected types of businesses. Invest TCI also offers training in quickbooks, accounting software. How many people show up to these training workshops? Invest TCI also assists with teaching you how to do business plans and even pays a portion of the fee to a registered partner who assists you with the preparation and completion of the plans.
The point I am trying to make with the above illustrations, is that you must be willing to learn too. If you don’t understand what is being taught to you, you can google almost anything and learn information especially through demonstrations on videos.
Part of the learning process is listening. If you want to learn something, please be attentive and listen. How many of us pay attention to details? How many of us are on our mobile phones when someone is showing you something? How many of us skip the training that is available? How many of us complete our assignments?
The truth is learning is a two-way stream. You cannot expect the teacher to do everything for you. The teacher already has the knowledge. You must be willing to learn and apply what you have learned. If you do, this will allow you to progress from the bottom to the top.
Embrace the opportunities that are available and stop blaming others for being in the position you are in. If you are hungry enough for a fish, then you will find that fish. I maybe wrong but I believe some of us have this sense of entitlement and are not desperate enough to learn.