someone wants to know

Someone wants to know something you know.

Not in some spying way. Not in some “google-wanting-to-know-everything-that-ever-has-been-known” way. Not it some stealing your job way.

In a “does anyone know how to do that?” way.

apple pie partsAnd it is probably something that they could discover quickly by searching Google (because they know everything that has ever been known). But there are still people who don’t know how to use search. And there are people who don’t know exactly what it is they don’t know.

  • Like how to insert pictures into a Word document and adjust the picture format so the words will wrap around the picture.
  • Like how to make words pop up when you hold your mouse over a picture on a website.
  • Like how to make better chocolate chip cookies (leave the dough in the refrigerator for a couple hours before you bake it).
  • Like how to make hospital corners on a bed.
  • Like how to make coffee.
  • Like how to make pie.
  • Like how to pray.

You know this thing. But you don’t know that you know it and someone else doesn’t because you can’t remember not knowing or you learn by doing and other people don’t or because you don’t think you are really very good at anything.

But if you think back very carefully, some kid, some coworker, some friend has said to you, “you make the best cookies” or “this is so frustrating” or “I’m stuck.” And, when you think back carefully, you remember thinking, “everyone knows that” or “mom’s were better” or “wow, you are dumber than I am.”

It’s time.

It’s time for you to teach someone something.

It’s time for you to decide that you actually do know that one little thing better than someone else and you can teach them.

This week, teach someone something.


So what are you going to teach?

And, what do you want someone to teach you?


7 responses to “someone wants to know

  1. Christopher Bowser

    Most of the things I know, almost no one wants to know…there is a whole lot that I would like to know. Like how not to get irritated at motionally challenged drivers…you laugh but I AM SERIOUS….its one of the things I really struggle with. Even on the way to church sometimes. That is just not right….

  2. Thanks, Melissa.

    Chris, I know better. The things you juggle, I don’t know how you do it.

  3. This is a good wake-up call and glad I found it as I get ready for this week. My daily plan always includes this: Connect two people. Believe it or not, it has helped me increase the people I know exponentially since I started doing it only 8 months ago. Now this could be a good twist, adding teaching to the mix. Appreciate the post, Jon.

  4. Thanks Paul, for stopping by. And a thought. Maybe you can teach people how to connect two people a day. Really. Some of us think, “I don’t know that many people”. “I wouldn’t know what to say.” “It would feel odd.” But you are figuring it out.

    So, how do you do it? Teach us.

  5. Yesterday, my friend, who has been going through a very challenging time, gave me a candle with a name. Yes, they make candles with names. It was called GRACE. She said, I bought this for you because you always handle everything with such grace. The good things and the bad things.

    I teach & coach kids to swim, competitively. Aside from growing my own kids, it is the best thing that I do.

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