Are you humble enough for knowledge? For example, how prepared are you to learn from those with less experience than you? Jidaw notes that the teachable person is ready to learn from anybody. Humility is integral to learning. Get out of the straight jacket classroom mentality. At Jidaw we tell students to look beyond the traditional instructor and identify their many teachers. What can you learn from your new colleagues? Are you a good pupil of the new market?
Learning is effective with humility. Discard the know-it-all attitude. Use approaches that are modest and respectful to open doors to knowledge. Humility is an essential attitude for success in learning and in IT. Never become so much of an expert that you stop learning. We must be humble enough to drop our preconceived notions and prejudices, and view life as a continuous learning experience. Jidaw notes that humility in addition means valuing the time, investment and impact of others (colleagues, managers, clients or instructors) involved in our learning efforts. Nobody is self made. And people can often go the extra mile or open unexpected doors for you when their efforts are appreciated and recognized.
Jidaw hopes that you can see that learning requires an open mind. Clear the calculator of previous dogma. Learn without defending and worshiping past concepts. Break loose from stereotypical thinking irrespective of where you are. There is always a need for new learning, ideas and actions. Always look beyond the surface. Because the solution is available or popular does not mean it is the right option.
Have an enquiring, humble mind. Jidaw urges you to ask questions, listen and pay attention. Do your research. There are no stupid questions. “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever” states the Chinese proverb used to reflect the theme of our free IT Career seminars at Jidaw. Talk to people in the field, network and attend professional and other career forums.
An enquiring mind that comes with humility translates your desire for learning to reality. Humility is an indicator that your hunger for knowledge must go beyond the superficial. Only those who are curious enough, and humble enough really learn and overcome obstacles to learning. At Jidaw we are of the opinion that the desire to learn can make greater impact than raw intelligence and your previous background.
Stay humble! Stay grounded!
HAVE YOUR SAY: Are you a humble learner? How important is humility in learning? Please share your comments, thoughts and opinions.
Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting