March 2, 2010

Are You Teachable?

READY8 “The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.” ~ Mortimer Adler

AIM8 You’ve been enjoying the life topics of Arrows of Integrity for almost eight months now. Hooray! However, as I learn from my experiences in life, I have been wondering if you are learning anything from the weekly messages I’ve been sending you. All the good advice in the world won't help if you don't have a teachable spirit. To know whether you are really open to new ideas and new ways of doing things, answer the following questions:

Am I open to other people's ideas?
Do I listen more than I talk?
Am I open to changing my opinion bases on new information?
Do I readily admit when I am wrong?
Do I observe before acting on a situation?
Do I ask questions?
Am I willing to ask a question that will expose my ignorance?
Am I willing to ask for directions?
Do I act defensive when criticized, or do I listen openly for the truth?

If you answered no to one or more of these questions, then you have room to grow in the area of teach-ability. Remember the words of John Wooden: "Everything we know we learned from someone else!"

FIRE!8 I’m sure you simply read through the above questions to get to the bottom of my message. Take 5 minutes, reread the questions above and answer them honestly. Recognize areas where you can improve and pat yourself on the back for the areas where you excel!!

Be Excellent!

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