There’s a simple maxim that roughly states, “If you want to know more about a topic, teach it to someone else.”
Sounds a little backwards, doesn’t it? It’s like getting a promotion you weren’t quite ready for.
Now you’re in charge of some folks. You got a raise, maybe some new perks and better benefits, some clout on the floor, key to the executive toilet…what have you.
Just because you’re not the pro you feel you should be, are you going to give that all up and be demoted or quit?
Hell no! You’re going to do whatever it takes to bring yourself up to snuff to keep that position. You probably already have some new toys picked out in your head and a number of nagging bills you’ll now pay off. Your family and friends all know you got promoted. You HAVE to deliver!
So you’re going to become what you must, in order to be a better leader – to fill this new role
I have done it many times, online and off. I do it now for this site. I get questions I don’t know the answers to or I get posed scenarios I’ve never experienced and folks need my help. What do I do?
I share what I can and then I go find these answers or the people who can give me these answers. Then I write about what I found and how it worked out for people who’ve used what I’ve shared. I just got better in that one area.
You’re going to end up doing the same with whatever project you’re growing. If you’re on my site, chances are you’re looking to expand and evolve. This makes you nervous.
You doubt the power of your own information. You lack the confidence necessary to become a leader of others or somebody others look up to. That’s all normal. And the easiest way to overcome it is to force yourself to become the teacher.
Force yourself to be in a position of responsibility
Take my experience, for example. I wanted to write a book about my life, some years back. It’s been an outrageous ride and I felt like sharing.
The company I was working with to help me do this, told me that I had to also share something I learned, something I did that no one else had. I drew a blank. I didn’t think I’d discovered anything. I was wrong.
I had devised a system to beat bipolar disorder without the use of drugs but had been so busy doing it and enjoying it, that I hadn’t realized what I’d done.
I wasn’t aware of just how much I’d learned and just how much work I’d done to pull this off.
I was sitting on an entire system for wellness and didn’t know it!
So, I wrote about it and then for a few years I taught on it. In my case, people’s lives were at risk.
I stepped up to an incredible responsibility filled with nightmarish potential consequences, and I proceeded to help people do what I did. I burned all my bridges so there was no way to go but forward.
Don’t give yourself an out
This new position and your willingness to accept it have their own built-in accountability device. You are now holding yourself accountable to others. You can’t let them down.
You can’t start this thing and then not follow through. Your family, or at least your own peace of mind, is probably depending on you to complete and handle this mission.
And don’t worry. You’re great at whatever brought you online in the first place. Just start teaching it to others and you’ll go from great to Master. Expect it and then go get it. Why not?
Life’s short. Go big or go home.