Who do you want your teacher to be?

Do you want your personal trainer to be absolutely ripped and who has been super fit their whole life? Or do you want them to be someone who has fitness knowledge through struggle with their own health?

Do you want to read a book about parenting from someone who appears to have their whole life so perfectly in order you could waltz into their house and take a photo for a magazine cover? Or do you want to read the words of someone who has gone through serious parenting lows and has felt lost?

Do you want your programming tutorials short, tight, and polished? Or do you want to see the mistakes, the troubleshooting, the bewildered flubs?

Do you want investment advice from Warren Buffett? Or do you want to be part of a community of investors learning as they go?

Do you want to read a book of email advice from the Marie Kondo of inboxes? Or from someone who struggles with it, has found some decent strategies, but honestly kind of rollercoasters in their ability to manage things?

These answers are not clear. Some of you might really prefer one or the other, but it depends on the topic. My guess is that most of us are kinda like… maybe both?

3 responses to “Who do you want your teacher to be?”

  1. It is not one or another for me. Teacher can be passionate about teaching even being completely unsuccessful in their own life, tho carrying a baggage of knowledge that they can share with others. Trainer can be ripped and not knowing how to make others so, but may be ripped and be extremely knowledgeable how to build your body the way you want. Developer fixing bugs during tutorial may not be good enough to teach and there are examples. Developer who makes content polished may give you more knowledge and insights than anyone else. It’s not about the story of their own success or failure, it’s about their passion and expertise.

  2. Pete says:

    Both is probably the right answer.

    I get my quick hit of inspiration from those super polished people. But in reality, the best advice is always the most honest.

    I just don’t know how honest the super polished are. Their life can’t always be like that, can it?

    Pragmatism works best for me. Things are hard, processes aren’t perfect. We all do the best we can. Let’s not worry about perfection and strive for just doing.

  3. Matt Edwards says:

    For programming, the second one when I’m trying to learn something deeply. The first when I’m trying to remember how something works, that I previously learnt.

    The CSS Tricks redesign video course (10 or so years ago) was huge for me as I got to watch the struggle and debugging, as well as the polished side of things.

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