Almost twenty-five years ago, Clint Haverty gifted me with a piece of advice that I’m sharing (for the umpteenth time) in Simplicity Note #6. Riding with this multiple World and National Champion horseman was special enough without any whipped cream. When I told him I preferred training horses to training their owners he recognized my naiveté and showered me with wisdom:
“You learn more from teaching than any other way.”
Clint understood the profound simplicity conveyed in those nine words, I wasn’t as certain, but I took his advice. My view of training owners and human students changed. My career blossomed. I became a better trainer and judge.
Teaching is the most direct route to mastery
Effective teaching requires mental organization and clear communication. The teacher becomes aware of the how, the why, and the why not.
For years I trained horses reflexively, I did what needed to be done and didn’t think more about it as long as the result was correct. Now I know the foundation, inspiration, and goal of every word, gesture, or movement.
I love teaching. I learn from the process and the people and animals I work with. Opportunities to teach are gifts of mutual benefit.
Discipleship is the process of teaching others what you know so they can do the same. It’s a chain of wisdom. There’s always someone who knows more than you and someone who knows less.
That’s how I feel about aspiring writers. The more I share the more I learn! There’s no product or sales pitch attached. My compensation is what I learn from doing.
If the subject is horses or relationship, read one of my books or book a session/lesson. You’ll discover something new and so will I.
Regardless of topic or skill, true mastery is an illusion until you teach.
Can I get a witness?
Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. – Galatians 6:6