2 + 2 = 5???

 Are you sure what you learned is correct?


​ In this blog...

  • How do you know...what you know?
  • The risks of blindly trusting a teacher
  • Question everything!

Where do we learn the majority of what we know in life? Very often through other people. As children we watch, listen and study and then...copy! For many areas of life such as writing and speaking this style can help us to adapt into the new world we find ourselves in, but for other things such as emotional development, working through challenges, how to communicate and how to negotiate for some examples... how do we know we are learning the right information?

How do you know what you know?

Take a moment now to reflect on things that you have learned in life. Where did you learn these things and more importantly 'whom' did you learn them from? Do you find that your current skill level is good enough to get you through life or do you find it is holding you back?

Take a moment now to reflect on things that you have learned in life. Where did you learn these things and more importantly 'whom' did you learn them from? Do you find that your current skill level is good enough to get you through life or do you find it is holding you back?


Although many people when asked will say that school was where they learned a lot of information, there is often more to consider. As children we are taking in everything we can to figure out the world. Watching mannerisms, attitudes and more importantly how people react in situations. How many people find themselves shouting in the same way one of their parents did? Or what about the low self esteem that a person may have? In a family or peer group of people who doubt their abilities...could this be passed on or learned without realising? 

So let me ask you again...

Take a moment now to reflect on things that you have learned in life. Where did you learn these things and more importantly 'whom' did you learn them from? Do you find that your current skill level is good enough to get you through life or do you find it is holding you back?

The risks of blindly trusting a teacher or trainer

Here is a story of what could happen if we blindly follow those who claim they know everything.

Many years ago in a small village just on the outskirts of London, lived a young man called Joe. However, Joe was no ordinary young man, because he had a thirst for knowledge and wanted to expand his mind and grow.

The village in which Joe grew up had very limited opportunities for its residents’ education, and this frustrated him because he knew that London was a thriving city where he could truly express himself. He had now set his heart on living in London, but also knew that his lack of education stopped him moving forward. To solve this problem Joe begged his father to hire him a teacher to educate him and help him get to the big city. As there were no schools in the village, his father agreed.

Within a week, a gentleman arrived in the village as Joe’s new teacher and Joe was very excited. The teacher asked Joe to sit and listen to all he said and not to ask any questions – just to listen. Well Joe worked very hard and listened and remembered all he had been taught without asking any questions as he completely trusted his mentor.

After three months, the teaching came to an end and the teacher left the village. Joe felt very confident and immediately packed his bag and headed off to London. Once in London he told all the employers he spoke to of his high level of education, and being very impressed they gave him a job that day as a builder’s merchant. At five o’clock Joe was very tired as he had worked hard all day, so he went home and went straight to sleep, happy!

The next day Joe got into work to find his boss was very angry with him. He shouted at Joe as soon as he was through the gate: “All the orders you sent out yesterday were wrong. You have cost us thousands of pounds! You can’t add up Joe.”

“Rubbish” Joe protested, “All my adding is right – I’m highly educated!” “Okay then” said the manager, “what is two plus two?” “Five, said Joe proudly. Poor Joe was sacked immediately.

On his way home Joe, came to a cold realisation that the teacher had taught him the wrong information. He then asked himself “What else could I have learned wrong?”

Question EVERYTHING!

It is true that other people teaching information can make our lives so much easier and save us vast amounts of time...it is your responsibility to also question all that you learn and ask yourself why is this true? Is the source genuine? Where did my trainer learn this information?
Get into the habit of questioning everything you learn and most importantly... 
get into the habit of questioning your teachers and trainers and what they share...it is essential to do this!

As children we often are expected to listen and learn and blindly trust that what we are being taught is not only the truth but the most effective way of doing things... but what if it isn't? What if there are other ways to do things and it just takes yourself to ask the question...are my teachers right?

​Conclusion

It is important to ask yourself on a daily basis...

1. What things have I learned?
2. From who did I learn them?
3. Is this information working for me?
4. If it is...why? 
5. If it is not...why? 
6. Why are my teachers knowledgeable?
7. Do I have my teachers on a pedestal?
8. How often do I blindly accept information?
9. How often do I question what I learn?
10. What Are the risks of not asking questions?

WHY! Ask it often!

Sometimes we can create a noose around our own neck by trying to achieve perfection when really that perfection may simply be a fear of not being good enough in our own eyes and therefore potentially risking rejection. Though anybody who would reject somebody for not 'being perfect' is somebody who is continually judging themselves with the same stick. 

Perfectionism is not success. Success is growth and learning...perfection is anxiety based! 
If you ever feel the need to be perfect stop for a moment and ask yourself why!