Every Friday, I share with you one principle that has inspired me.
In this episode, I share with you one principle by Seneca: "While We Teach, We Learn."
In our daily life, we have to make multiple decisions daily. It becomes really hard when you don’t have any key points based on what you will make that particular decision. Our understanding of the world around us is largely shaped by the core principles we have accepted. Principles recognize what is true and help us apply truth to new or unknown situations. A good set of principles will enable us to make decisions quickly, even if our situation is completely new.
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Welcome to Principles Friday, where I share one principle that can help you in your life and business.
Today we have on the show Seneca.
"While we teach, we learn"
What an amazing principle.
Before we dive into the principle, For those who don't know, Seneca was a Roman philosopher, statesman, and playwright and was known for his writings on philosophy, ethics, and morality, and his works had a significant influence on the development of Stoic philosophy. He believed in the importance of living a virtuous life, and his writings explored topics such as the nature of wisdom, the role of reason in human affairs, and the importance of self-discipline.
According to Seneca, teaching is not only about imparting knowledge to others but also about learning in the process. When we teach, we are forced to think deeply about the subject matter, organize our thoughts, and communicate our ideas clearly to others. In addition, this teaching process helps us clarify our understanding of the topic and identify areas where we may need to do more research or gain more knowledge.
This reminds me of a great quote by John Archibald Wheeler: “We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance”. So when we teach and think deeply about what we are teaching, we become more aware of how much we don't know and how much more there is to learn.
The metaphor of the shore of ignorance growing implies that the more we teach, the more we learn, and the more we realize how vast and deep our ignorance is and how much there is still to discover. Instead of feeling satisfied with our current level of knowledge, we become increasingly aware of how much we have yet to explore and understand.
That concludes it for this Friday.
Remember: " While we teach, we learn"
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