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Teachability index

What is your "Teachability index"?

The teachability index is a measure of your willingness to do two things:

  1. To absorb new information from other humans-
    (As opposed to learning ONLY from your own experience).
  2. To accept and implement changes in thought and action.

(As opposed to stubbornly resisting change).

Some say:

  1. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
  2. A leopard can't change its spots.
  3. I can't change; I am what I am!

The above sayings are common thoughts, expressed as if they were virtues.

If you are in work, and wish to continue to be so, then you need to be continually adapting and changing.

Why?
Because the environment around you is continually adapting and changing.

In addition, the purpose of your brain is to gain knowledge.

As a human being, you specialise in intelligence.
As a human being, you are one of the most intelligent organisms on the planet; equipped with a learning machine between your ears.
Your brain is composed of over 250 billion neurons, each one making connections with between one and 2000 other neurons: that fact makes the possible number of connections between your neurons almost infinite.

You possess the capacity to learn anything you need to learn; (given the right training, sufficient time and a high degree of motivation). And yet we still hear people say:

  1. 1You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
  2. A leopard cannot change its spots.
  3. I can't change; I am what I am.

Everyone has the ability to improve on their current situation and condition.

A small advance is always possible.

But only if you have a high teach-ability index.

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Again: What is the teachability index?

The teach-ability index is a measure of your willingness to accept two things:

  1. New information from other humans-
    (As opposed from learning only from your own experience).
  2. Change long cherished and engrained habits of thought and action.

Let us look closer.........

To what degree are you willing to absorb new information from other human beings?

(As opposed from learning only from your own experience).

Some people won't be told.
Instead they need to learn from their own experience.
Which is okay: except that it is too slow and dangerous.

Instead, use other people's experience; other people's knowledge.
Learn from others.
It's quicker!
Some people won't learn from other people
In certain circumstances this trait can be a virtue; but if taken to extremes, it can become a flaw in the character.

Such a person becomes:

  • Un-teachable;
  • A know it all;
  • Too prideful to accept the notion that other people know things that he does not know.
  • Too prideful to accept the notion that other people could teach him something.

Do you know a person who is a know-it-all?
Do you know a person who is too prideful too learn from others?
If so, this individual has a low teach-ability index.
How sad!
Accept and implement changes to long-cherished and ingrained habits of thought and action.

Many people are stuck in their ways and hate the idea of change

They say:

  • Change is tiresome
  • Change is a nuisance
  • Change is an unnecessary infringement into my comfort zone!
  • I don't like change!

Unfortunately the world is awash with continuous change:

  • Change in government
  • Change in technology
  • Change in fashion
  • Change in climate
  • Change in circumstances
  • Change in mood

The stuff of life is change!

One needs to:

  1. Adapt
  2. Evolve
  3. Grow

So the teach-ability index includes a measure of how willing you are to accept and adopt change:

  • Are you willing to change?
  • Are you willing to adapt?
  • Are you willing to evolve?
  • Are you willing to grow?

Are you able to learn new ideas, concepts, methods, protocols and implement change?

Changes that require you to:

  • Drop the old ways of doing things in favour of the new.
  • Throw out the Comfort zone in favour of the crash course?
  • To substitute what is comfortable retirement with what is an uncomfortable transition.
  • To reject the old you and embrace the new you?

The teach ability index means you should accept the changes that are necessary for you if you are to make the next improvement.

  1. For without a high teach-ability index there is no real learning.
  2. And with no real learning, there is insufficient adaptive change.
  3. And without sufficient adaptive change, there is no real improvement.
  4. And with no real improvement, there is not enough progress.
  5. And without enough progress, there is no ultimate success.

So without a high teachability index there is no ultimate success.
And with a high teachability index there is ultimate success.

Therefore adopt the following advice:

Develop a high teachability index.
Increase the measure of your willingness to absorb new information from other humans-
(As opposed to insisting on learning only from your own experience).
Increase the measure of your willingness to accept and implement changes to habits of thought and action.

  1. Become an old dog with new tricks
  2. Become the first leopard with triangular markings
  3. Change what you are

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