I’ve always prided myself on being teachable. Open to challenge. New ideas. Ways of thinking. I believe it’s one of my most likeable traits. I do my best to understand your perspective and even allow it to influence my own. I want to learn and get better, and I usually assume you have something of value to add to my life.
But there’s a fine line between being “teachable” and manipulated.
If we’re not careful, being open to new ideas can manifest as having no convictions of our own. Being controlled and directed by the loudest, most articulate and outspoken voice in the room. I think that’s a mistake.
Here’s a couple of things I’m working on:
- Have an opinion.
- Argue more.
- Contend for what’s inside.
- Irritate a few people.
- Challenge assumptions.
Some of you out there thrive on those 5 steps, but I’m guessing a vast majority would feel guilty, uncomfortable, or arrogant for embracing those expressions. But here’s the thing…
The world needs more of you, not who you think everyone else wants you to be. The beauty (and the truth) is usually in the tension. So go out there and create a little.
Being teachable is not the same as being manipulated. Stir it up a little today.