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Are You Teachable?

Welcome back, friends! Today, we’re diving into a crucial aspect of personal and professional development: the power of being teachable. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “You don’t know what you don’t know,” and recently, during a conversation with a newcomer to the Event Rental Industry, it resonated more than ever.

His repeated acknowledgment of the unknown not only highlighted his fresh perspective but also showcased a commendable willingness to navigate uncharted waters. It got me  thinking – we all encounter areas where our knowledge is lacking, but the real game-changer is not about what we don’t know; it’s about our willingness to learn. 

Being teachable isn’t solely about acquiring new information; it’s a mindset, an attitude that fuels growth. Think of it as a combination of your ability to learn and your willingness to change. In the words of renowned author Vernon Howard, “Be teachable; that’s the whole secret.” So, how can you embrace this powerful concept and take your life to the next level? Let’s explore a few actionable steps.

Embrace a Growth Mindset

The concept of a growth mindset was popularized in 2006, by Dr. Carol Dweck, a Stanford University psychologist. In her book, "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," Dweck explains that individuals with a growth mindset believe that their abilities & intelligence can be developed through hard work, perseverance, & learning from their own mistakes. A growth mindset is the foundation of being teachable. Instead of fixating on what you already know, focus on what you can learn. Understand that your abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. Those with a growth mindset see change as an opportunity for learning and growth, rather than a threat. 

Be Open to Feedback

Criticism of any kind can be hard to swallow, especially when it comes to something you spent time and energy on. Constructive feedback is a valuable tool for improvement. Embrace feedback with an open heart and mind. It’s not a critique of your abilities but an opportunity to refine your skills and evolve. Remember, feedback is a powerful catalyst for growth. But, also remember to not accept criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from.

Admit What You Don’t Know

It’s okay not to have all the answers. Embrace the unknown as an opportunity for exploration and discovery. Acknowledging gaps in your knowledge is the first step towards filling them. Honest self-reflection plays a pivotal role in this process. Be transparent with yourself about limitations as that will pave the way for self-awareness and targeted personal development. This humility is a strength that allows you to seek guidance and acquire the necessary skills. Seek guidance from mentors and experts, ask questions, and engage in conversations that broaden your understanding. 

Cultivate a Learning Environment

Surround yourself with mentors, colleagues, or friends who inspire and challenge you. A supportive network can provide insights, share experiences, and motivate you to keep learning. Engaging with individuals who bring different perspectives to the table fosters an environment where learning becomes a shared journey, providing mutual encouragement and motivation. Attend workshops, webinars, or conferences to stay updated on industry trends and best practices. These events serve as invaluable opportunities for knowledge exchange, providing a platform to learn from seasoned professionals, industry experts, and thought leaders. The continuous exposure to new information and collaborative learning experiences can empower you to adapt, innovate, and excel in your field. 

Challenge Assumptions

Assumptions can be stumbling blocks to growth. Challenging assumptions requires a willingness to question the status quo and embrace the discomfort of uncertainty. Challenge your preconceived notions, be open to different perspectives, and consider alternative solutions. This flexibility of thought is the cornerstone of innovation and has the ability to help you adapt swiftly to changing landscapes. By challenging assumptions, we not only dismantle barriers to growth but also open the door to creative problem-solving and a deeper understanding of the world around us. 

Continuous Improvement: Add “Yet” to Your Vocabulary

Transform negative statements into opportunities for growth by adding the word “yet.” Instead of saying, “I’m not good at this,” say, “I’m not good at this yet.” It’s a simple shift that opens the door to continuous improvement. Make learning a habit. Dedicate time regularly to acquire new skills, read industry-related articles, or take online courses. Small, consistent efforts lead to significant improvements over time.


Remember, being teachable is not a one-time event but a continuous journey. It’s about being open to learning from every experience, embracing challenges, and evolving into a better version of yourself. As I reflect on my own struggles with teachability, I realize that the focus shouldn’t be on being right, but on being better.

So, friends, let’s make a pact to prioritize being teachable in our professional and personal lives. As we navigate the ever-changing landscape of our careers, let’s approach it with curiosity, humility, and a commitment to continuous learning. Don’t forget to LIKE & FOLLOW for more insights and inspiration on your journey to success!


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