October 9, 2010

The Value Of A Teacher


It makes sense to many people that making mistakes and discovering them for yourself is of great value, but to have someone else to point out your mistakes is a shortcut of the process. That is the value of a teacher, it can save time the way a map can save time when traveling. It can eliminate roadblocks, detours, and congested roads.

If possible, try to find teacher you can work with. You may need to search some before finding comfortable fit, much like shoes. Some teachers encourage, some are quiet, others are sometimes difficult taskmasters. Everyone has their own learning style that fits. Teacher often does not give direct answer but points in direction for you to travel.


Do not despair if teacher not available. This does not mean you cannot be successful student. Read and re-read Tao Te Ching. Most likely each time you read, you will discover something you missed before; a new idea, a new perspective. Find different translations and compare. One may be more clear than another to you. Most importantly, do not be content just reading. Put wisdom into action.

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