“Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice.” — Ecclesiastes 4:13
“Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.” — Proverbs 4:5
Be coachable. I have had the privilege, blessing and challenge to coach and be coached sports, lead teams on the field, in the gym, in the dojo, in a boardroom, and in the corporate field. Those players or team members that did well, for the long term, were those that were most coachable. Those that were respected the most for their accomplishments, and successes were and are still coachable. Sometimes people do not get this whether they are hard headed, never mature, do not learn the value of humility, or think they have arrived and bask in foolish arrogance.
When I both hired and trained employees, I did not focus on how much education they had, not always the written expertise on their resume; I observed how they spoke, held themselves, the way the can demonstrate in words, actions and deeds they had what it took to succeed. The ones that were coachable, tenacious, optimistic, but humble and respectful.
You can teach product knowledge, policies procedures, plays, and techniques, but you cannot teach the strong desire to succeed, tenacity, optimism, persistence, and work ethic.
So may I encourage you to be coachable, seek wisdom from wise people, apply that wisdom, and in turn teach it to others. Learn humility, because if you think you have arrived, you then shall surely fall. Always strive to improve, to grow, and if you fail, then fail forward. You never really fail, unless you never learn from your mistakes, and get back up.
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