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When the Teacher Becomes the Student, How to Stay Humble

Storm Stories by a Hail Adjuster

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It’s one of those times, the times where you wish you didn’t have to experience, but glad you did. Do you know what I’m talking about?

A humbling moment that reminds you that we are all still learning and all still making mistakes.

I recently put together a knowledge test for the IA Path students and veterans. It was 50 questions on the repairs and process of hail repair.

I worked hard on it, reviewed it a few times, made changes and let it loose to the world.

I go a lot of responses to it, students and veterans taking the test. Most people did awesome, a few came back with suggestions of clearing up the wording for better clarity.

One adjuster came back with a serious blunder on my part. It was REALLY embarrassing. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it moved me. (Veggie Tales quote) I really appreciated the gentlemen letting me know of my blunder.

I know exactly how I made the mistake and I knew the right answer, but the point is I had improving to do. Not only on this quiz, but in myself. I needed to realize I must pay more attention to details and that I must be willing to always learn, from even the students.

I had improving to do. Not only on this quiz, but in myself.

We all know this, but when it becomes obvious and apparent it tests you and your character and best of all breaks your pride. Our first reaction is to try and keep it (the pride) in tact, but I encourage you, me and everyone reading this to let the pride fall down.

Solomon, the wisest man in history, stated,

Pride precedes destruction; an arrogant spirit gives way to a nasty fall. - Solomon

“Pride precedes destruction; an arrogant spirit gives way to a nasty fall.”

If I can let my pride fall down and receive the insight and learning with a humble spirit and avoid the arrogant spirit I’d be way better off than getting to the point of having a NASTY FALL.

Let’s all take our learning opportunities and realize it’s OK if the student becomes the teacher and the teacher the student. It’s not only OK, but it is good for us. Stay humble by accepting learning opportunities and letting your pride fall down.

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