For two decades, pastor and leadership consultant Matt Keller has worked with hundreds of influencers, and he has learned that the greatest enhancer or greatest limiter to a person's success is whether someone is teachable. In The Key to Everything, Keller shows how teachability isn't something that some people are born with and others aren't. It is a characteristic that can be learned and grown. In fact, the only way to succeed in life is to possess teachability in an ever-increasing fashion, and The Key to Everything reveals how to do just that.
- Most helpful to currently passive learners
The reading of this book is good and it has some good gems in it. I think it focuses a lot on the what and why, but in one aspect, leaves a puzzle over the how. For instance, it starts with the 5 road blocks to teachability: fear, pride, insecurity, pain, & pace. I felt like pace was mine, but then after it tells you to cut out 1/4 of your commitments, it moves on to how to be teachable & guess what comes along within this section? If you've guessed more commitments, you've got it! You need to start listing questions to ask everyone, setting up meetings with people to evaluate yourself, finding stuff to read and lectures to attend, seeking out famous people you want to learn from, reading a chapter of proverbs every day...hope you actually dropped 1/4 of your commitments, because once you add these in, you're back to 100%! I'm a big learner already and am always seeking out new learning opportunities in every area of life. My problem is prioritizing and cutting back and it's somewhat distressing to feel that to be successful, I need to pile these on as well!
Aside from that... the book is very well organized; it talks about the characteristics you need to aim for and why & the problems and remedies. Chapter 12 is a wonderful chapter on how to ask good questions. I bet if it gave more examples though it might've been more helpful, but I will certainly use this chapter for teaching my students interviewing skills. Lots of good advice, yet I feel like if you already love learning, it doesn't offer you much except in the way of learning to respond positively to critiques through practice.
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