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!

6 comments

  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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