By Scott Donelson
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Chinese Proverb
What do you know how to do that you pay someone else to do for you either because you don’t have the time or are you’re just too lazy to do for yourself? What can you teach to someone else that they don’t know how to do? What can we learn to do from those around us? These are the questions that we should all ask ourselves.
By actually knowing how to do things, even simple things we can begin to become more self-reliant. We too often become dependent on others for the simple tasks. People wait in line and willingly pay 5 bucks for a cup of coffee, it’s just coffee, something you could make at home for pennies compared to the coffeehouse price.
Find and develop your skills and teach them to a friend, learn something from that friend and continue the process. The path to self-reliance is not hard to follow, yet the rewards are numerous. If you know or see someone who has a skill or craft you wish to develop an interest in, ask them about that skill, chances are they will gladly share with you the knowledge they have. Be a student of those around you and be a teacher for those who can benefit from learning your skills.