Being intelligent isn’t about
How many people you can leave inside your trail of dust;
It’s about how many people you can bring along with you
Despite the trail of dust.
– O.D. ©2022
Art by: ItsEndy
This micro poem came to me when I was reflecting on the qualities of a good teacher (Note I said “good” not “the best”). We’ve got the obvious ones, such as emotional intelligence and being knowledgeable in your field. But I think it’s equally important to be able to impart that same knowledge effectively.
“Effectively”, in this case, obviously means imparting knowledge with as little mental resistance as possible. Making something complex into something very simple.
When someone asks you something, it’s not your opportunity to show them how much you know because no one ever stroked your ego. It’s instead an opportunity to share ideas and potentially learn from one another.
You’d be surprised how often people can’t answer simple questions, because it stops being about answering the question, and turns into a live performance.
I’m writing this down because this advice will continue to be useful in my profession, you’re welcome to take it too.