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What Do You Most Want to Teach Other People?

I was having a late night discussion last night with my brother and our wives. As is our wont, we were waxing a bit philosophical. Since we all have small children, we were talking about what we most wanted to teach or instill in our children. Rather than let the things we came up with just evaporate, I emailed them to myself on my Samsung i730.

The more I think about it, I think these things also apply to how to be a successful blogger, podcaster, or really, to be successful at any endeavor. So, I’m posting them here. Maybe they’ll be worth some discussion.

There was all kind of background discussion and elaboration around these, and we weren’t setting out to make a list, but these are the things we came up with:

  • You have to want to change. You can’t make someone else want to change.
  • You have to take risks. Just do it, confidence or not.
  • Learn to overcome fear.
  • Find and do what you love. Have passion and authority.
  • Love to learn. Love to read. Never stop.

Find and doing what you love (passion and authority) is the one that made me think of how this all relates to blogging and podcasting. I’ve been doing just that with this blog, and my podcast, and it’s made me quite happy. I wish everyone had the opportunity to discover what they love to do, and are really good at, and then to do that every day. I’m very, very thankful for all of the things in my life that make it possible for me to geek out as much as I do, and share it with other people.

So, what you YOU most want to teach to other people, your children, etc.? What do you think about the things that we came up with?

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2 thoughts on “What Do You Most Want to Teach Other People?

  1. Find and do what you love. That’s something I’ve thought my whole life… why do people hate their jobs? Why do people follow others and do what others do instead of doing what they want to do? Life is so much more exciting when one is doing what they love. Everything you wrote there is excellent. I think another thing I’d try to teach my kids (if I had any) would be something along the lines of “Know and love yourself, because you’re the only one who’ll be there until the very end.” Also, “Learn to listen, because other people know things you don’t.”

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