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Learn as you Teach

Back in my early college days, I used to assist one of the tuition teachers in my building. She had about 20-25 students. I used to enjoy that part of the day because it gave me the opportunity to learn what kind of mistakes those little kids make, the questions they ask – they are all unique. I used to enjoy solving them & answering them.

Later in 2004-2005, I used to teach at a couple of institutes to help myself with some extra income. At one of those institutes, I used to teach HTML & C++ – to people elder to me by 2 years to 20 years. At another college, I used to teach them Microsoft Office – to students younger to me by 3 to 4 years. I enjoyed that! The age range of my students was fascinating to me.

I wasn’t an expert at any of the above technologies or softwares when I took up teaching. Before every session, I used to prepare for the topics I had to teach.

That’s when I became more familiar with some core concepts of each of the above topics.

With WordPress or anything else, it’s no different. I learn as I tell my team to go through videos or books or anything else.

After my team mentioned that the WP101 videos are awesome, I started going through each one of the videos. Now they have watched about 25 videos & I have watched only 5 so far. I am eager to catch up!

The best way to learn something is to teach. That’s what works for me.

In the current times, it’s not about how much you know, it’s about how much you share that matters. You learn as you teach.

How do I train myself?

In addition to teaching, I’ve started reading more often.

I read at least 15 minutes in a day – something that’s not related to work. It could be WordPress, it could be an article like “What Should The CEO Be Doing On A Day To Day Basis“, or “Growing a $40k+ monthly recurring WordPress support business“.

When I think I need to read something, I open the link & keep it in one of the tabs. That way I don’t loose track of it. If I can’t read it on that day, I make it a point to read it on the next day. Since it’s always in my face in that tab, I can go back to it easily instead of trying to find it’s link.

That helps me to train myself. When I read, that’s when I get clues about my next business idea, or some tool that I should be using for my team or attending my next conference perhaps.

Continuous reading is essential.

Find out what works for you.

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