Don’t Teach People To Fish, Teach to Love the Process of Learning Fishing
The age old saying ‘give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’ isn’t as relevant as it used to be.
In today’s fast rate technologically advancing world, that’s only getting faster each day, hyper fast knowledge retention, adaptability and skills acquisition is becoming more important than ‘learning to fish’ itself.
Therefore, a 21st century upgrade of this statement needs to become:
“Teach a man the value and motivation behind personal development and knowledge acquisition, so that he’ll love learning to best understand fishing from every technological angle.”
In lieu of even learning fishing, cultivate skills like how to manufacture motivation, resilience, meaning and purpose.
Cultivating the inner mental and mindful freedom to wonder about the world as a result leads to the level of curiosity required to explore and acquire knowledge at the rate and state you’re required to.
More meditation and the history of fishing, to have the power and motivation to not only relentlessly ‘fish’, but most importantly, in the right state, and to be able to have the capacity to fall in love with fishing so you re-invent it with an accessible technology.
And don’t misunderstand Robert Greene’s quote of being forced to love fishing or whatever it is you’re doing.
Applying ‘love’ to your craft is about commitment, and the state in which you work. How you do anything is how you do everything.
And you can do anything in a state of love or low state of ego.
Bringing this to the work context of skills acquisition and entrepreneurship, at it’s core, a growth mindset is the #1 trait you should interview for when hiring people.
If your people have a growth mindset, preferably addicted to personal growth, they won’t need to be managed or taught ‘how to fish’, as they’ll love learning so much they’ll be voracious acquirers of knowledge so they’ll understand the different perspectives about fishing from every angle.
Taking into account, AI and big data, the “internet of things” and global connectivity and more.
With the access of scalable free tools, the days of learning how to fish are over, and required knowledge acquisition, adaptability and creativity to think about fishing are more important than learning to fish itself.
With a few added hiring filters (I know harder than it sounds), you’ve got the A player fisher (employee) who’s better than 5 B player fishers (employees) combined.
These are people who embrace challenge for opportunity instead of obstacle, powerful communicators that are relentlessly motivated to succeed for it’s own sake.
Not to ‘advance’ or ‘get promoted’, because that happens naturally.
However if you add some of these traits to your hiring filters, you’ll never have to really teach them anything because they’re voracious learners and will achieve mastery out of love for learning.
Here are seven traits of people who enjoy the process of learning over the outcome.
1. Intrinsically Motivated People
People who are voraciously motivated for it’s own sake are intrinsically driven and gobble up knowledge because it’s fun.
They’ve likely mastered fishing and are teaching others to fish which improves culture and reduces the necessity to ‘train’.
2. People Who Show They Have Positive Faith
Yes, having faith and showing up each day in today’s world is very hard making it an ultra valuable trait in today’s world.
But people who act faithfully positive even so, are forces of nature who illicit the behavior they want from the people around them and vice versa.
3. People Who Have Insatiable Curiosity
I read bits and pieces of 10 books at a time and re-read books I love over and over.
I’ve caught myself connecting dots I never imagined could be connected.
Curious people absorb a lot of general broad knowledge and data to answer simple but profound questions.
4. People Who Are Innately Enthusiastic
This may seem obvious but there’s a subtle difference between people who are innately enthusiastic compared to those who require external circumstances to make them enthusiastic.
Intrinsic enthusiasm for it’s own sake is a state that someone either primes themselves to manufacture each day or naturally just is that way.
Either way, you want to be around people like this.
5. People Who Have Epic Attitudes
Gone are the days of a ‘good attitude’, that’s a must to survive the future of jobs. Hire people who are epic, it’s as simple as that.
Excessively driven for something whether it’s the culture of the company, mastery of their craft, voracious learning or whatever else that drives them to have epic attitudes.
It may be a hard charging achiever or a super calm leader you love but whatever that attitude is, it should be noteworthy.
6. People Who Are Natural Teachers
Strong learners know the best way to learn is to teach.
When I read something or don’t understand a topic, I read about it and write an article I commit to hitting publish on which burns it in.
Knowing the public will see it creates the context and state that will make me absorb the knowledge deliberately enough to not forget because it matters.
7. People Who Share Benevolently
Some people uplift the people around them in a benevolent way that others don’t’.
The people who share introductions vs. those who keep contacts tight.
Or the people who knows they win when they have others around them win so they share share share.
These are the life-long learners who are addicted to the process of learning itself and will not just learn to their craft, but master it and every other part of their life.
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