Stuck in student mode?

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I come across many intelligent, talented, capable people who are sitting in the classroom long past the point when they should have been LEADING THE CLASS.

They’re stuck in “student mode” and refuse to own their expertise. They can’t seem to step up and GRADUATE into their earned identity as leader, despite having so much to share.

On the other hand, I also come across those who have long been elevated as leaders and teachers, so they’re comfortable with the “expert” identity. That comfort keeps them standing in front of the class when they should be taking a seat to learn.

It’s a cyclical thing. As you learn and grow, your identity will evolve over and over again.

One day you’re the clueless student eager to soak up knowledge like a sponge. But if you stay in that space long enough, just like a sponge, your understanding will become SATURATED and you won’t be able to hold any more.

At that point it’s time to move to the front of the class and teach, or move on altogether.

Should you choose to take up the teacher’s mantle, you’ll eventually exhaust what you know.

You’ll need to seek out new tools, new guidance, new texts, new understanding. The times may change and you may need to update, refresh or reinvent. At that point, it’s time to have a seat and learn what you need to learn to GO TO YOUR NEXT LEVEL.

The problem arises when you’re either too AFRAID to go from student to teacher, or too PROUD to go from teacher to student.

Never let fear or pride to keep you from your next level.

If this resonates for you, understand that i’s natural to evolve.

But don’t stay in the same role when you’ve exhausted all you can do there. Know when it’s your time to step up and teach OR when it’s your time to sit down and learn.

 

 

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