I get the chance and honour to work on different projects with a lot of business owners. Some of them I get to work with, others are in my Lora classes, and still others I get to guide.

What I’ve learnt from the entrepreneurs I’ve worked with over the past decade or so is vary, but there is one characteristic that they all have in common.

Those who achieve their goals are those who are willing to learn, who pay attention to suggestions, and who are willing to submit themselves to the counsel of others.

Those with an open mind and heart will find a teacher who is happy to impart their wisdom.

Teachers are drawn to eager students.

Those who think they know it all, they end up not having a teacher, who needs a teacher if you know everything?

There is an Egyptian proverb that says: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

It’s not that the teacher was not there all along, she was there, but the student was not ready to learn.

Life is a classroom.

The distinction between the classroom of life and the ordinary classroom is that in the classroom of life, you never graduate, and tests frequently come before lessons.

However, the tests do not have to come before the lessons.

We may readily learn from the hard lessons of others. And my opinion is that it is not so much that life does not teach us easy lessons as it is that we fail to notice the easy teachings.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that there are lessons everywhere around us. There are no fresh lessons to be learned. There are only old lessons being taught to new people or people who have forgotten.

Those who forget life’s lessons become life lessons for others.

Wisdom screams to be noticed. Our tragedy is that we are too preoccupied with deluding ourselves that we know and therefore don’t need to learn.

The only requirement for learning in life’s classroom is preparation, your eagerness and humility.

When you are truly ready to learn, lessons will appear all around you.

As such, it is up to us to maintain a continual curiosity for knowledge.

Actually, the full Egyptian quote says:

“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready, the teacher will disappear.”

A person who is truly eager to learn and open to new ideas will naturally attract the right guidance and resources in their journey of growth and discovery.

The “teacher” may take on different forms such as a mentor, guide, books, or even a life lesson.

As the person continues to learn and grow, they will eventually reach a level of self-reliance where they no longer need the teacher, and the teacher will “disappear.”

This suggests that true learning and growth is an ongoing, self-directed process.

For example when a person has a strong desire to play the guitar. Initially, they might seek out lessons or instructional materials, but as they continue to practice and improve, they may reach a point where they no longer need a specific teacher and can continue to refine their skills independently.

Have a voracious appetite for learning, don’t ever give up on reading books, inquiring with genuine interest, doing new things, and looking for new understanding and more knowledge.

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

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