Be teachable. Listen to mentors and coaches
This is Step 19 of my 21 Steps to Success Guaranteed to Change Your Life Forever.
What does being “teachable” really mean? Teachability, simply put, is the ongoing willingness and openness to learn.
Being teachable means listening more than you talk and preach, being open to other people’s ideas, being open to change and new lessons and doing things differently.
This story about being teachable illustrates the importance :
A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s full! No more will go in!” the professor blurted. “This is you,” the master replied, “How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.”
Being teachable involves coming to the table with an empty glass…willing to fill it with new knowledge even when you think you have mastered it all. It involves a little humility and being vulnerable; admitting that you don’t know everything.
When you cease to be “teachable”, that’s when you stop growing, when you get stuck and when you fail to be a good leader.
My suggestion to you is to commit yourself to ongoing learning. Listen to coaches and mentors. Be open to new ideas. Come to the table with an empty cup. When you do this, it will be filled over and over again with a wealth of ideas and knowledge that you can put into practice and share with the world.
To your success and outrageous goals,