Through some work I’m doing with the awesome folks in Oregon State University’s Outdoor Recreation Economy Initiative, I was talking with one of the participants this week who told me, ‘I like to learn, I don’t like to be taught.’ Hmm. Exactly!
As an educator, this has meant helping others learn without them feeling like they’re being taught. It's meant not having all the answers. Acknowledging that has been tough. Like admitting to myself after taking a huge leap starting a company I’m no longer an expert was tough, too. As long as I can remember, helping meant having the answer. It wasn’t about asking the right questions.
What I’ve learned, thinking through my own experiences, is that it’s more often the questions I remember than the statements. The questions that led me to think differently, the ones that opened my mind. The questions whose answers I hadn’t considered.
In fact, I wrote 1,641 words about becoming okay not having the answers. If you’re interested, you can read about it here.