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I’ve always felt a strong desire to help people understand new things. I don’t recall ever wanting to be a teacher in the traditional school or university sense, but much of my job and what I do on UrbanWorkbench is teaching. It is through education, rather than laying down decrees that people learn to change their worldview. Recently I’ve seen several paradigm shifts in those who read what I write, or those who I talk to at work; it’s the “ah haa” moment where the picture comes into focus. This isn’t always the end of the lesson, rather it is the opportunity to continue the discussion.

When you teach and forgive and teach more before you rush to judge and demean, you matter.

Source: Seth’s Blog: You matter

I ask, “who are you teaching?”, becasue I believe that everyone has something to teach someone else, just as much as everyone still has something to learn. There is a balance of humility and confidence where you can be both a good student and a great teacher.

You don’t have to have all of the knowledge or all of the answers – just patience and a design to see people learn something new.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.