To teach is to learn again

These words have never rung so true than this week. Three plus years into my current job,ย  I am revisiting the fundamentals of the proprietary software we work with and as I go over each element of the complex maze that our product is I feel amazed at how far I have come. As I wait patiently for my protege to follow my instructions and try out basic things, I feel pride.

As I scour the recesses of my brain for long forgotten commands and keyboard shortcuts, I realize not too long ago I was being mentored to. As I sat manual in hand and basic instructions on our code management process I felt lost and was in despair. I remember hesitating to approach my peers with ‘dumb’ questions and wasting hours in the process. Somewhere in the mid of these years I have been here I realized feeling a sense of clarity. The joy of the pieces coming together beautifully. The happiness at understanding the internal workings of the different pieces.

While I still have a long way to go to reach subject matter expert levels, I feel proud at the progress I have made. I enjoy sharing what I know and revelling in the successes of those around me.

To teach is to learn again indeed!


  1. You learn alot about yourself also and it gives us great satisfaction that we have passed on some knowledge on to someone who may need it. I love the last sentence ‘to teach is to learn again indeed !’

  2. @gayathri: I know. Simple yet profound.
    @SK: ๐Ÿ™‚ My mentoring days are drawing to a close and I think I learnt more than I taught.
    @Kiran: I love that last line too. A friend had it as her signature. Couldn’t find the original to attribute it to.
    @JS: ๐Ÿ™‚
    @Mini: Welcome here!

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