On the last “Learning from Each Other” blog, one of the first comments I got on Facebook was something akin to: ”I don’t feel like this was about rapid knowledge gain. You just described finding a mentor.”
And with that, I decided I was going to write a part 2, it was clear to me I needed to (or at least wanted to) expand on this topic a little further.
In the previous blog, I talked about finding someone who knows how to do what you want to do, and asking them for help or following them around so that you can learn from them. It’s a natural part of learning, growing from the information passed down by those who came before you.
There are 2 topics I’d like to explore deeper into today. What does “Power-leveling” mean, and creating a friendship where both you and your friend are both the teachers, and the students. As in, the energy doesn’t just flow in one direction. Lets start with this one.
In “Learning From Each Other” part 1, I mainly described going to someone in seeking knowledge or information from someone or somewhere that has or iswhat you’re looking for. On the other side of that coin, what happens when someone comes to you?
I’ve had, and continue to have the opportunity to really explore that on a level that I don’t believe many people have. Not everyone has hundreds of people messaging them on a daily basis… It’s unfortunate too, because if everyone was emailing each other, my emails would be manageable and everyone else’s emails would be less lonely.. I’m working on a solution to that one…
Recognize that if you’re in a “teacher” role, as in, someone is coming to you for information, the goal of the “teacher” should be seeing your student rise above you and become greater than you ever hoped you could possibly be.
I know that’s hard for some to imagine, because from most people I’ve talked to in my life, including my own experiences, there were usually only a small handful of teachers out of all of them that were so incredible that they actually made sure to see the students grow and change and become something fantastic and great over the course of their year(s) together.
I have a fear that i suddenly insulted all of my old teachers… and then I feel okay because i’m sure not a one of them reads this blog
(And if you are reading this… don’t worry, You were one of the good ones
What is a teacher? And that’s a conversation for another time I think. What i’m describing here and the modern definition and role of a “teacher” are two different things… I recognize that i’m blurring the lines a little bit.
So, lets say that you do it. You support the one you’re teaching enough to see the young Grasshopper surpass the Master by a landslide… then what? Are you done?
Or do you switch roles? And then you become the new grasshopper, and your previous student is now your Master.
In talking about connections and friendships, if these kinds of relationships are garnered and strengthened by the relationships (the way we relate) that we have… we can grow immensely and with ease. You enter into a space of flowing back and forth, Male, Female, Male, Female, Master, Student, Master, Student.
Until there are no more teachers, nor students.
There is only the Master Student. The Master of Learning, and sharing what you’ve learned.
Shall I write more about Power-Leveling? Or does this pretty much make sense?