Rather I teach it.
Have you ever heard the famous quote:
“Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.”
And that is exactly what I am going to be talking about within this post. 🙂
The Day I Went Fishing For the FIRST Time
The other day a friend took me salmon fishing for the very first time. I know, I live on the west coast and I should have been before now. To be honest, I have had many offers to go over the years, I just didn’t like the idea of sitting out there bored not catching anything (little did I know how fun it would be).
Anyways, I took him up on the offer.
Seriously, who can turn down some fresh salmon. I know I love seafood and the opportunity to catch several fish (and maybe set out some crab traps) sounded very appealing.
We got up early and headed out to sea first thing in the morning. I didn’t know what to expect, but there is something that I quickly learned about myself as we started our day fishing.
I like to learn.
One thing I learned quickly about myself while out fishing is that I was not happy just to let someone else do the fishing for me. I was not happy to just “be there”. I wanted to learn exactly what sort of lures to use, how to use “down riggers”, what sort of bait to use to catch what type of salmon and why, what areas the fish tend to be, why fish get spooked and where they go when they are spooked.
Basically I wanted to know everything about fishing that I could.
Because deep down inside I wanted to learn how to become self sufficient. I wanted to learn how to catch my own fish, so in essence if I needed to, I could feed myself for a lifetime (not just a day).
What would be the point of going out fishing with someone with 20 years of experience and NOT leveraging them as a wealth of information and model myself after in respect to fishing. It would be careless of me.
I not only learned how to fish, I learned how to “catch” fish.
The Catch. I Now Feed Myself for MONTHS.
So, I guess you are wondering, did I end up catching anything.
A big FAT emphatic yes. We caught a 26lb and a 11lb pound spring salmon, five 4-5lb pink salmon, and an 8lb coho salmon. After the day was over, the learning didn’t stop. I learned how to gut/de-bone the salmon and then upon getting home, I got my catch ready to freeze.
Have a look…
That is months of eating salmon every week…and to buy this in the store I would likely be spending close to $800-1000. Not bad for an afternoon out on the water…and afternoon of LEARNING.
I Don’t Like to Be Given Fish OR GIVE People Fish in Business World..
Moral of the story, I don’t expect others to do the work for me. If there is an opportunity for me to learn something new, I take advantage of it. I could have sat there in the boat and watched my friend catch the fish all day for us, but what would be the fun in that. He would been “giving a man a fish” instead of teaching a man to fish.
At Wealthy Affiliate, one thing that I have learned over the years is that if you show somebody how to do something, they will do it. If you tell them, they will do it. If you give it to them, they won’t do it and if they do, they won’t do it well. They will rely on YOU every time they go to attempt something.
I would rather teach someone how to create a business so they can have a long term business for years and years to come. One that will allow them to be self-sufficient regardless of the situation and one that allows one to understand the true formula to success.
Those that create success in the online business world are no different than those that are successful fisherman. They learn the fundamentals and they learn through trial and error what works and what doesn’t. They also take advantage of the opportunity to learn from others…not to just wait to be told to do something, but rather to reach out and ask questions that could help them further advance their understanding and their skills.
My question that I want to leave you with today is this.
“Are you going to continue letting people catch fish for or, or worse yet, waiting for others to catch fish for you…or are you going to learn how to fish for yourself so you can flourish for a lifetime?”
I think the choice is obvious.
PS. I would love to hear your comments on this subject and what you have learned over the years through your own life experiences. 😉