I became learning impaired the week after graduation.
Mentally constrained – learning impaired. Intelligent but DUMB. No, not due to an accident or illness. Even worse, dumb by choice. I believed that I had arrived and I knew it all.
No one could teach me a thing.
But life is strange that way. I had to learn a few things. Life forced me to learn a few things. It taught me a lesson or two.
Firstly it taught me that life is hard – if you do not keep learning! I wish I read the book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a leader by John C Maxwell when it was given to me in 1996! I only read the book after retiring.
My teaching career could have been without so much pain and suffering. I could have had a much greater impact on students and developed so many more leaders and not just learners. I had the keys – but never unlocked the door to success.
My teaching career was like that of a soldier of un-fortune – I went from war zone to war zone – battle to battle. I argued with staff, the parents, management – all but the cleaning staff. Not knowing that the battle came from within.
Secondly, Am I stupid or am I dumb? by Neethling and Rutherford opened my eyes. I knew I was not dumb, but I had all the stupid arguments. After reading the book I found out that my low self esteem was the reason for my argumentative nature. I had to be right – I will beat you silly until you admit that I am right. Wrong – the world beat me till I got the message that I was wrong.
I had to learn to accept my short comings and embrace my uniqueness. My life instantly improved. I accepted that I’m a dyslexic and cannot spell. I accepted that I cannot do Math. Shortly after accepting those two God given handicaps – life improved!!
I realized that I can help students that no one else understands. Suddenly I became a real teacher. I became a Literacy and Intervention specialist. Today I own and operate a Teaching Practice that specializes in Math. My short comings became my teaching strengths. Who knew…
Thirdly, soon after I read the book The Millionaires Mind by Dr Thomas J Stanley I adjusted my decision making process to align it with the principles I read in the book. It is a study of millionaires’ decisions making principles. I read it at the age of 30. I successfully retired at the ripe old age of 38. How?
- I bought the properties according to their studies. I seek older houses in established neighborhoods – 3 bedrooms near great schools (no pools). They are easy to let out and very easy to sell on with a handsome profit.
- I buy older cars with cash.
- I chase my passion and not a pay cheque.
The moment I started doing that – schools started throwing money in my direction in order to secure my services.
Finally, there is no finally in learning!