At dinner with a friend last night, he told me about his dad saying this:

Experience is the worst teacher.  Unfortunately, you get the grade before you learn the lesson.

How true.

The older I get, the more I cherish the wisdom of elders.

The older I get, the more I wish young people and new folks to any organization would lean on their elders or seek the counsel of those in the organization for a while.

But we don’t do that.

We believe we have the answers.

We believe we know how best to do things.

We believe we understand the culture and the way to get things done the minute we join an organization.

So, experience is our worst teacher.

And we get graded before we learn the lessons.

And we fail.

I yearn for the days when we sat and listened to our elders and learned the lessons before getting the grades.

Those were the days.

Comments are closed.