What is Teachability Index And Why This Knowledge Can Change Your Life

in #life5 years ago (edited)

Why some people just can’t progress in their lives even knowing what they need to know, even after reading tons of self-development books and having gone through the right experiences?

The reason of that might be that their teachability index is low.

The concept of teachability index explains that most people that see themselves as good learners are actually not teachable and coachable. Many people know the theories but have a hard time applying it in their lives.

What is Teachability Index?

It’s a measurement of how ready you are to learn. It is in play all the time when you are trying to acquire a new skill or learn something new.

Teachability Index is one of the most important things you will learn about success in life. It will tell your probability of success because much of what you get out from any learning experience has much to do with you as a learner.

The teachability index has two parts:

  • Your willingness to LEARN
  • Your willingness to accept CHANGE

What is Your willingness to LEARN (WTL)?

On a scale from 0 to 10, what is your willingness to learn? Hold on before answering 10 for this question! We all have the desire to learn something of our interest but it is important to consider these questions before assuming we are really willing to learn something, whatever it is:

  • Are you willing to give up money for knowledge? Attending seminars, buying books, etc.
  • Are you willing to give up your time for knowledge?
  • Are you willing to give up what you love to acquire knowledge? A game on TV to spend time learning about that specific thing
  • What are you actually willing to give in exchange for knowledge?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, your willingness to learn is probably between 8 and 10. If you didn't, your willingness to learn is between 0 and 3.

How to Improve you WTL score?

Never say, “I know it!” “I’m the best at this!” “I’ve got it!”, etc. The moment you say, “I’ve got it!” you demonstrate you have nothing else to learn and your willingness to learn drops to 0 or 1, reducing your possibilities of making constant progress in life. You should rather say “I’m getting it", “I’m getting better at this”, "There is still more to learn”.

Another reason to say "I'm getting it" instead of saying "I've got this" is because you are demonstrating that you are AWARE that you don’t know what you don’t know. This increases your possibilities of making constant progress.

What is your willingness to accept CHANGE (WTC) ?

Many people have a strong will to Iearn, but not all are willing to change according to what they learned. Many times we prefer to keep doing what we are doing and keep staying where we are even if that behavior pattern is not taking us where we want to go or getting the results we want to get. To accept change is the biggest challenge to most people. The willingness to accept change is your willingness to DO what you’re learning, no matter if it contradicts your previous knowledge/experience, your feelings, or your former way of doing things. It’s not hard to understand that most people actually score high on their willingness to learn and very low on their willingness to accept change. Also, our habits are the most difficult of all things to change and most people don’t have the patience necessary to construct new habits, which usually leads to failure and frustration.

How to calculate you Teachability index?

Teachability Index = (WTL) x (WTC)

You find your teachability index score by multiplying you WTL with your WTC scores. If you have 10 in both sides you achieve 100%.

That means that if you scored 9 in your WTL and you scored 0 in your WTC ( 9 x 0 = 0) you are not teachable since both sides need to be high. If you’re willing to learn but you’re not willing to change, there will be no progress. Interesting to think that success in life is nothing but progressive change.

"The more one learns the more he understands his ignorance. I am simply an ignorant man, trying to lessen his ignorance."

— Louis L'Amour

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I believe fundamentally we are driven by a necessity to change. If everything is functioning absolutely fine and you are not inherently curious, then you'll stay status quo and not do anything about it. Perhaps, that's why goal setting is important in getting the results we desire in our lives.

There is indeed no free lunch. If you want to learn something, you need to invest something in exchange. What I find amazing with learning is that even when we have to teach something to someone, we are still learning. It is a totally different to learn something for ourselves, and to have to transmit it to others. In the last case, there is no room for approximation (and we need to invest more) :)

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That's true. I experienced this many times. I don't know if we learn more or if maybe we are forced to put out what we know, then coming to the awareness of the thing we know that we weren't conscious of. Maybe both things happen. ;)

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Nice how they put a concept we've all certainly thought before, into words.

As I'm reading, I'm thinking there's probably some tension between the ability to learn and the ability to change, I mean from a psychological perspective. People who are willing to learn, probably think that knowledge will be permanent - what's the point of learning a law of physics if it's not gonna be true tomorrow? What's the point of learning a skill if it's gonna be irrelevant tomorrow?

Similarly, people who are very accepting of change - who might in fact be expecting it - might be more reluctant to invest energy into learning. They'd rather 'seize the day' and 'live the moment'.

So learning probably attracts more 'anal-retentive' individuals, let's say, rather than 'go where the wind blows' wave-riding change-welcomers.

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So learning probably attracts more 'anal-retentive' individuals, let's say, rather than 'go where the wind blows' wave-riding change-welcomers.

Maybe the most prompting to change are better learners in a more unconscious way (?)

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Maybe. I've met many educated intelligent people who were very resistant to new ideas, whereas the supposedly 'unintelligent' were far more open.

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Cool read. Thanks for sharing!

Great post @ariane. So true, no matter how much we learn if we don't put it into action nothing will change, speaking from experience....The old addage Learn, Do, Teach...

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