Earlier this week I published a blog titled, Are you teachable? The blog was short, and to the point, as most of my posts are, and seemed to glean a positive response from those who read it.
I posed the question on Monday, Are you teachable, with the aim to open up peoples minds to the possibility of another option, process or idea.
Today I want to extend that post a little further, and address a statement that that was put to myself out of sheer frustration, (and validly so) that I was unteachable. After stopping to consider this thought, and after giving it some analysis I have to concluded that it is in fact untrue, and unfounded.
I don’t believe there is anyone who is unteachable. From a very young age, we are all forced to learn the basis of our identity, and culture through various external factors. In fact wouldn’t it be fair to say instead that we all just learn at different speeds, and through various methods. I would even go as far to say that being teachable is an choice, or an attitude in that we choose to be open to something other than what we already known.
I’m no expert in the psychology of these things, and this is just my thoughts on the matter, but rather than ruling ourselves out because we haven’t scored a higher mark than smart alex next door. Perhaps our brains just process information differently. It seems to make sense given the diversity of personalities, likes, dislikes, skills and abilities. It doesn’t make us less intelligent, but it does mean that we’re different, and that’s ok too.
I am not unteachable. I just process information differently. Most often this perception comes from a lack of focus in that particular moment, when the million of thoughts crowding my mind distract me from the matter at hand – that doesn’t make me unteachable. That just makes me, me.