One of the things I really want to accomplish in this world is to help more people fly. High up, above all obstacles and barriers.
I want to save the world!
That’s why today, as I write this post, I’m pissed off.
I’m pissed off because (excuse my language here) stupid people teach the new generations to be just be enough.
The abuse of power
It’s no secret that I work at the studio with my brother, we are all family there. Not by blood, but because we choose to be family.
One of the core concepts at the studio is to teach the new generations to always fly high and be open to learn. Just like a warrior would do.
Today, one of our members had to face something that really pissed me off. A random guy who thinks he is a teacher.
She is learning how to create Flash presentations at school. When she came to ask for my help, I was glad I could use my experience to help her. I started to teach her how to code.
I want to quote her teacher (translated to English of course), he said this upon checking her coding and not understanding it:
I’m only asking you to be just like everyone else, I want you to walk not to fly!
She has devoted two weeks of intense training with me, just to hear that from her teacher. Excuse me again, but that’s bullshit.
Accepting you don’t know it’s not bad!
The problem is simple, her teacher is unable to accept his ignorance.
I’m really concerned and I don’t want you to fall in the same pitfall. I want you to walk, run, fly, or do whatever you want to reach your destination and never fall prey to such comments.
First of all, when you don’t know about something, you go ahead and accept it. Ignorance isn’t a sin, it’s not bad at all to accept you don’t know a lot of things. If you accept you don’t know something, you are taking a step towards the right direction. You are allowing yourself the opportunity to learn.
I will say it again using full caps because I really want you to keep this close at heart:
IGNORANCE ISN’T AT SIN!
Open yourself. Learn!
When you open yourself to new experiences and knowledge, you are allowing yourself to grow. This is part of being a true warrior.
Only a fool tries to downplay someone. A warrior always tries to find new teachers, be it a person, a book or a blog. There is always a way to learn.
Success comes to those that can really accept when they don’t know how to do something. Then there are two clear roads, you can learn the skill or you can find someone who can do it for you. Neither of those ways show you as someone weak.
An invitation to be a better you
I want you to do a simple exercise. Don’t worry, it’s simple and only takes 5 seconds. Take a deep breath and now accept that you don’t know about a topic. I’ll go first.
I, Alejandro Reyes, don’t know about truly complex math like calculus.
It may seem intimidating to accept that you don’t know something, but the reality is simple. The affirmation is not causing anything at all. No catastrophes. Nobody died. You may even identify with me.
Realize, just as I did, that everyone who lands on this page will know that I don’t know calculus. Is this the end of my life? Not really. It may be a bit scary, but that’s all.
I may even find a kind soul that can teach me. You see? There is nothing bad at all, it can lead to a positive result.
It’s time for you to fly
Remove the shackles. If you are afraid someone would laugh at you because you don’t know something, you have nothing to fear. There are kind souls in this world that can always help you
In the rare event someone actually laughs, then be bold and ask them to teach you. That helps you take the upper ground. If they refuse, then you have nothing to fear, they are even more afraid than you are.
You are a true warrior. You understand, deep inside you, that your knowledge doesn’t define you. You are defined by your actions.
If your actions show that you are always willing to learn, this means you are not only wise, but kind with yourself.
Knowledge can be learned, but having a deep desire for knowledge comes from within you, from your warrior spirit.
The bottom line
I want to ask you a favor. If you ever find someone like my friend’s teacher, take the high ground. Be kind to them and never let their words hurt you.
You’re a warrior, you’re allowed to fly whenever you want. Don’t ask permission. Fly, the world is yours. Take it!
Please, share this post far and wide and help me eradicate fools that try to cut your wings and those of your fellow warriors.