It has been said, “those who can’t, teach; those who can, do.” In theory, this makes complete sense. Most teachers in the educational system were taught to be teachers instead of first doing what they teach.
A business school professor who teaches an entrepreneurial class, hasn’t started and run a profitable business. The literature teacher hasn’t written and published a successful book. The chemistry teacher hasn’t participated in high-level research.
This does not mean, however, that those teachers who have been teaching for all of their professional careers do not know how to teach their crafts. They do for the most part. We can argue all day that the educational system in America is broken. I won’t disagree. But the teachers involved are doing what the system requires.
Let’s go back to that initial saying. Those who can’t, teach; those who can, do. Focus on the last part of that saying instead of the first part.
Those who can, do.
What do you think if we add to that? What if it went, “Those who can and enjoy, do and teach.”
This came up in a dinner conversation this evening. My friend was saying how he wakes up every morning just excited to go to the office. In fact, he loves it so much, he works more than he should. He said he would work all the time except he knows he shouldn’t.
He loves the other parts of his life too: family, faith, friends, ducks…
He also loves to teach. He is an adjunct professor at a local university. He teaches his craft to aspiring college students. He enjoys what he does so he teaches others how to do it.
I love my job in public accounting. I love teaching people about public accounting, as well as other things. I’ve been co-teaching a Sunday morning Bible class on personal finance. I teach people how to enjoy their jobs and advance in their careers. I love to teach.
In fact, a large portion of my job is teaching. Young accountants need to be taught how to audit and how a company operates. They need to be taught how to write in a professional way. They need to learn how to maneuver corporate politics.
Clients ask questions regarding new rules and regulations and I get to teach them. I get to teach them how to implement best practices in their businesses.
My children learn from me as to what to expect when working in the corporate world. They learn what sacrifice is but also how to set priorities.
Public accounting allows me to do, and teach. If you enjoy what you do, you should want to teach others how to do what, how and why you do it. Giving to others is much more rewarding than keeping your knowledge to yourself.
To those much is given, much is expected. What are you doing with what you’ve been given?