As you get older, you gain knowledge. When you get older, you also might have the feeling that those younger than you don’t have a big interest in learning what you’ve learned.
I don’t think there is anything new in either of the statements above. In fact, I’ll bet that when you were in your twenties and thirties you didn’t think your elders had much to add to your life. What could they have known?
Now you know how wrong that thought was.
Twenty-twenty hindsight is something we all experience as we age. I don’t know about you, but I often say…” If I only knew” way too many times a day.
If you’ve taken fifty or more turns around the sun, I can promise you have wisdom that would be useful for those younger folks in our lives. We tell ourselves that it’s a bad idea to bring up our lessons. We don’t want to see the eye rolls and see the thought bubbles in younger people's heads.
What if I was to tell you need to just get past this? Sharing wisdom from generation to generation is one thing that has made humans make huge strides in living in peace.
But Josh, what can do I about this?
First, you can just speak up. When you know a conversation is not making any sense, don’t just sit there. Be brave, speak up and tell others what you’ve learned over your lifetime. It might surprise you when those you’re speaking with ask questions.
Put yourself in a position where you get to help others learn lessons you’ve had. There is no rule that says, “You have to learn it yourself.” I’ve had some clients say this to me. Every time this happens, I cringe. I don’t think there is a rule that says you have to learn this yourself. I’m fine if you share your knowledge with others. Are you?
Who’s responsibility is it for us to teach?
It’s easy to say the responsibility is on the learner. Aren’t they the ones who getting the value from what you’re about to say?
My answer to this is no, it’s not their responsibility. Learn to speak up. Know there are lessons that are so important you can’t just hope someone will ask. Raise your hand or even shout if you have to. You know things and those things are important in the lives of those you love.
Do you have any ideas about what to do about this?
If I told you you would have to come up with ten ideas about how to share your wisdom what would be your reaction? Would you say there is no way for me to come up with ten ideas or would you get to work?
I know that if I believe is something is important, I also believe it’s my responsibility to put it out there in the world. I also believe it’s your responsibility.
Will you be rejected from time to time? The answer is a short yes. It might even be a little painful and you might think well I won’t try that again. The answer is mostly around timing. There is a time when others are receptive and a time when they’re not. It’s your responsibility to know the difference between the two.
The only way you’ll learn is with practice. That means there will be times you get it wrong. That’s OK, you’ll learn and eventually start having the satisfaction of sharing the wisdom you’ve learned over the years.
Are you willing to be brave and put yourself out there?
This is the big question. I can tell you from my experience that putting yourself out there is always something that’s worthwhile. It can be uncomfortable at the beginning. With practice and learning it’ll become less challenging you’ll find you get great satisfaction when you share.
Why don’t you scroll down, leave a comment and let me know what you think about sharing your wisdom? I hope you take the risk.