What talents do you have that may have people turning to you in hopes that you will share and teach them what you know?
To share your expertise in any area that you may be knowledgeable in is a very kind thing to do for another. While doing this, who knows what that other person may share with you that would benefit you in some way.
However, I would like to bring up another way someone may feel when they actually have succeeded in sharing and teaching others whatever they know about a certain subject.
Each person has a different level and ability to learn. This also can apply to how each person may be able to teach and relay instructions to others. With this being said, you must understand that even after you teach, demonstrate, train, and offer advice or suggestions that you feel may be of help to others, it is still up to that particular person to whether they use the information you provided, in a way that may help them to succeed in reaching their goals. Some of your students, as I will refer to them, may decide not to go the course you suggested. Of course, that is okay, to each their own.
However, there will be some extraordinary students that come along; that you will find you won’t have to spend as much time with as you may with others. They will pick up on things faster and before you know it, they are off and running and not looking back. Who knows, they may actually become better than you are at what you tried to show them in the first place.
It is always great to have a student listen, learn, and then apply what works for them, but for them to be able to expand on the foundation that you may have set for them, and build it even more to help them reach unknown heights of success in their life, then that should be one heck of a feeling for the teacher.
But, if you can imagine for a moment, a new kid bringing in a new toy that everyone wants to play with and may lose interest in the person with the old toy, what do you think that person with the old toy would feel like inside?
Another way to look at this, the old teacher, even though continuing to help others in many ways may start to feel outdated and not so-called upon by others. They may see and feel that the new student, who has done so well at learning what was taught to them, has started to take some of the limelight from them.
Jealousy you may say? Possibly. But there are a few ways this scenario could play out.
First, even though the old teacher may feel out of whack emotionally and feel a little left out of the limelight for a bit, they should realize that they have earned much respect and admiration from all of the many others that they were able to help. They must also realize that everyone and everything has a special place and time in life. Even though their time may have come and gone, at least they were good enough to rise to the occasion when it was needed.
HOWEVER, with that being said, who is to say that they are being put out to pasture? All they have to do, is to get a hold of their emotions, come to their senses and educate themselves more on newer and better ways to do what they have been doing or to go out and be a student again themselves for a while and learn something new. A person never stops learning.
Whoever said, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?”
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. Eleanor Roosevelt
Don’t go down without a fight. Your prime time may have passed, but remember and enjoy it for what it was and then take the steps needed to make your time come back around again.
I would like to add one more thing. This is for all of those who have looked towards the old teacher for advice, suggestions, lessons, whatever you may have turned to them for. Don’t turn your back on them. Remember what they taught you, no matter what it was. Just because you may now have a person who you can call upon who may bring something fresh and different to the table, doesn’t mean that the old should be forgotten.
It doesn’t matter whether I am speaking about the old teacher or the student who is now considered the new teacher; everyone wants to feel needed and respected for some reason by others. As long as everyone remembers and accepts each person for what they are, then the world will be a more friendly and loving place.