Once you understand and embrace learning, your work and your outlook will be transformed.
Take a moment to put yourself in the shoes of your professor. What do you suppose motivates your professors to do the work that they do? Have you ever wondered why they teach? Do they do this because it is easy or because in pays a lot? Do they teach because they think that they are better than you?
The answer is “No!” Most teachers teach because they believe that learning is one of the most important things one can do with their life to contribute to others. Whether it’s informal learning, learning on our own for fun, going for a degree, or a lifelong interest to improve, teachers teach because they believe that learning is important.
Most good teachers realize that they have as much to learn from you as you do from them. In my case, when I am managing businesses around the world, I look at the people and problems around me as a way of expanding my world and what I know. I take stock of the leaders and situations that inspire me with the hope that I might find a way to pass that on and inspire my students to learn so that they can contribute something positive to humanity.
I see learning and education as part of the solution to making a better world. It troubles me sometimes when students are more concerned about their grade than they are about what they should and could be learning and how that learning can be used to make their lives better. I understand that a grade is important. But when you approach an assignment from the perspective of the grade rather than what can be learned, you run the risk of missing out on an important lesson.
Learn to ask the right questions:
1. What can I do to improve?
2. What did I not understand?
3. Why is this important?
4. Where can I get more information?
When students ask these questions, they are on the right track.
What are not the right questions?
1. How can I get more points for this?
2. What do I need to do to get a passing grade?
3. How do I get an A in this class?
These are important questions, but they are not the reason you and I are here together in the classroom.
If you understand the value of your education, if you know how important it is to be well-informed, if you are passionate about becoming a good reader and good writer, that will translate into success. Together as a team, teacher and student, if we both work hard, we have the power to translate our passion for learning into a better world and a good grade.
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