R0005 Long lasting lessons

The first time I taught, I was one of 5 profs and grad students teaching intro to marketing. That experience, almost 30 years ago, taught me some great lessons: 

  1. When you speak to an audience, know that you have something important to say, and you’re the right one to say it
  2. When on a team, learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses. 
  3. Remain aware of the big picture and not only your role. Among my mistakes that semester was remaining ignorant of one of the lectures until the night I taught it.
  4. Accept happy accidents whenever you find them. When I struggled with that lecture, two students auditing the class told me that they just heard a lecture on the topic and coached me through the rest of the material
  5. It’s not “fake it ‘til you make it,” it’s “be it and you’ll see it.” And that was my first time being a marketing professor.

How about you? Do you have any lessons from long ago that you still turn to today?