Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) said, “Teaching is the highest form of understanding.” The act of teaching requires us to gain a depth of understanding prior to teaching and also implies that we must maintain our thirst for knowledge even after we have begun teaching.
John Wooden (1910 – 2010) has too many amazing quotes to list but one of my favorites is, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” Aside from being a pithy, backhanded compliment, the point is clear: don’t stop learning. If we lose that we lose the drive that made us an inspired teacher in the first place.
I find it quite interesting that a guy who died 2,300 years ago and a guy who died 9 years ago had a similar outlook. What can you call this kind of timeless connection that transcends millennia, language and culture? Given the consistency of human nature, I would call it “wisdom.” What made sense in Aristotle’s time also makes sense now.
If we understand this we know that while we need to constantly learn and explore and investigate, we don’t necessarily need to reinvent the wheel all the time. There will still be plenty that needs figuring out but there’s no need to do a trial and error approach with every aspect to what we want to accomplish. Follow the example set by those who have done what you want to in years prior and mimic them.
Our job is likely not to create a new way but rather to continually polish that which has been established. Let’s make the future better!
Stay strong, my friends.