Teaching is Everything

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed sharing everything that I’ve learned along my journey. It could be because I’m become a parent and a father and spend a lot of my day teaching my kids, whether it’s putting on shoes or getting them dressed, or even teaching them how to play ball.

I find it to be enjoyable to get to experience that light bulb moment that someone gets when they catch on to what you’re trying to teach them.

I was talking to a friend last week about how at some point in your life, you become this nurturing person (when you have kids). I think it’s more than that. I think as you approach the middle of your life, you start to value experiences and life differently.

I think you start to evaluate where you’ve been and where you want to go. When you start to think about what got you here, you realize that path wasn’t always easy. It was challenging, tangled, messy. It causes you to rethink what you want to do with the rest of your life.

As I reflected on my path, the stories, opinions, decisions I made all led me to go back to the start.

It all started with the question of why.

  • Why do I want to blog?
  • Why do I want to write?
  • What do I want to write about?
  • What do I find Interesting?

Ok. Not all the questions started with why, but they all lead there.

Understanding Your Why

We all go throughout our lives, doing a wide range of activities. I think we can agree that we spend a lot of our lives working. Our closest friendships or relationships are with those that we spend a lot of time with or around.

We’re influenced by those relationships and make in many cases never stop to reflect on the why. Why are we in the place that we are now? Where can we go from here?

When is the last time, you spend time reflecting on your life, your options, your choices? Were they always the best decisions?

As I started to evaluate why I came up with the following concept or idea of why I wanted a blog and why I wanted to write at the end of the day.

I want to help people get to where they want to go.

It’s about helping them reach their goals, their dreams, helping them start a business, providing for their family, or even just helping them learn.

When I was starting out in my career, I spent a lot of time searching for answers to the questions I had. I knew very few people that were doing what I was doing.

Teaching What I Know

Today, there’s so much helpful content on the Internet, that it can be extremely frustrating to find something that looks like a solution to your issue, only to find out that it’s outdated or doesn’t end up solving your issue.

I think it’s really about sharing everything that I have and teaching everything that I know that, that ultimately it really gets to helping others that are on similar paths, find what they’re looking for. So how do you do that? How do you put together a concept of teaching everything?

To me, I think there is the ability to share vulnerable moments in your past, where you struggled that gives people an idea of how you found a way to succeed. It’s about sharing your journey up till the point you are currently at.

Sure. You can share how-to articles, frameworks, tactics, even strategies that helped you out, but I think the key is really about tying those together with your story. Painting a picture to your readers about what you were going through, the issue you were trying to solve, and then how to help them.

That’s what I think makes for a great lightbulb moment. What about you? Am I missing something that can help make those moments remarkable?