“You teach best what you most need to learn,” as the author Richard Bach famously put it. You’re drawn to the subjects you struggle with because you struggle with them – because the stakes feel high to you, so you’re motivated to try to puzzle out some solutions.
I appreciated the paragraph above, pulled from the latest newsletter from Oliver Burkeman.
It struck a chord with me because ‘teaching best what I most need to learn’ fits with what I try to do with my blog posts.
I’m not writing to teach nearly as much as I’m writing to learn. My posts are explorations of topics and themes I need to better understand or grasp. You, as a reader, simply get the prime vantage point for where I’m pursuing growth – though I hope my words induce the same for you too.
It’s a good reminder for us all: If we want to learn something, find a way to start teaching it. Seeking opportunities to teach, doesn’t mean we’re setting ourselves up as a guru; it just means we’re determined to keep learning and growing through sharing.