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Dec 18, 2018 22:36:40

Nobody is an expert but everybody has something to teach.

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I’m with you if you hate the tag “expert”. It’s a bit condescending and generally used by self-proclaimed know-it-alls.

But on the opposite side of the spectrum, the tag “expert” stands as a barrier for a lot of really smart people from sharing what they know.

Are you using it as a crutch to not do something? Because if you are, please don’t.

I made the same mistake for years and never fully understood how valuable it was to gather confidence and just start teaching. I now push myself to teach things I know be it writing or pitch decks or building small startups.

“To teach, is to learn twice.” — Joseph Joubert

There’s so much you can learn by simply choosing to teach. People don’t expect you to be perfect as a teacher, just a few steps ahead.

Remember Frank Abignale from the movie "Catch Me If You Can"? When asked on how he pulled off the role of a professor of sociology at BYU, he said "Wasn't difficult, read one chapter ahead of my students. They never knew the difference."

You don’t have to know everything to add value to someone’s life. Be honest, authentic and admit your limitations but always be teaching. 

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    @kp Yes agree! :) Everyone is your teacher, but unfortunately not everyone is/wants to be the student. It takes a student of life to see it!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Dec 19, 2018 02:53:46
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      @jasonleow Yes 100%

      KP avatar KP | Dec 19, 2018 20:21:09
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    @kp this. it was/is hard for me to get over that I'm not in a position or I don't know enough for my opinions and knowledge to be valuable.

    Also, this is the umpteenth that I've heard an allusion to that movie, so I think I'll have to watch it, haha.

    Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | Dec 18, 2018 23:48:18
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      @vickenstein I was just like you in 2017.. only began to take this seriously this year. Good luck and yes check out that movie (I think it's on Netflix now!) :)

      KP avatar KP | Dec 19, 2018 20:20:43
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