Look over there!

As an older brother and eldest child it fell to me to be a teacher very early on. First by example, then with actual instruction. How to ride a bike, new vocabulary words and the quickest shortcut home from school were all part of the job. 

As I grew up I found more opportunities to instruct and eventually started some formal teaching work in the music field. Private students and small groups of eager young performers who wanted to improve and excel. I had some pretty amazing teachers of my own, too, each of whom made be a better coach and mentor.

It took years, though to understand what teaching was actually all about. For the longest time I thought it was just about knowing more than the student. More knowledge = better teacher.

Unfortunately, that's not true. The best instructors I had had forgotten more than I'll ever know. Yet I rarely noticed their depth of knowledge because that's not what they were trying to teach me. Knowing the technical details of a thing hardly ever makes you better at doing something. It's the application of the basic principles to the situation that make you better at doing that thing. 

An example: understanding and knowing that the wheel of a car makes it change direction doesn't automatically make you a driver. Even doing it a few times
is only part of the total. The whole deal includes reading the traffic, adjusting speed, seeing obstacles and dealing with the weather. A teacher can guide you through those principles and allow you to become a competent driver. They show you where to look but not what to see. 

Look for the opportunity today to be a good teacher. The payoff? You'll find that the things you do will be easier, too. You'll improve your perspective and gain a new outlook.

Look over there, what do you see?