Every once in a while, we doubt our own knowledge about being good enough to help others. We're held back by questions like,
"What if others know more about my topic than me?" 😟
I wanted to share a short story that will help you help others grow.
There’s a book (and a movie) called Catch Me If You Can that illustrates this point pretty well. It’s the story of a famous con artist, Frank Abagnale, a brilliant high school dropout who masqueraded as an airline pilot, a pediatrician, and a district attorney, among other things.
There is a point in the book where he starts teaching a sociology class at Brigham Young University. He teaches the whole semester, and no one ever figures out that he’s not a real teacher.
Later on, when they finally do catch him, the authorities ask,
“How in the world did you teach that class? You don’t know anything about advanced sociology.” 👨🏫
“All I had to do was read one chapter ahead of the students.” 📖
That’s the key. You don’t have to be the most knowledgeable person in the world on your topic, you just have to be one chapter ahead of the people you’re helping. There will always be people in the world who are more advanced than you. That’s fine.
You can learn from them, but don’t let it stop you from helping the ones who are a chapter or two behind you.
When we started the Academy, we were trying to crack a model where we teach students to grow to great levels of competence in the least time possible.READ FULL ARTICLE
I wanted to be competent at writing code right away, and make all those ideas in my head a reality immediately. I was impatient and didn’t exactly pay attention to what I was doing. Though I knew a lot about code and programming, I didn’t know how to build things.So I quit learning how to code and instead focused on learning how to learn.READ FULL ARTICLE