Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 14, 2012
I was teaching a Grade 7 class recently a course on personal finance (from the Junior Achievement organization) and it struck me that I could never be a full time teacher. It’s just not my thing (rather unlike Robert who planning to become a teacher). This isn’t to say I don’t enjoy teaching people things or doing training, but rather I don’t think I could handle teaching 8 different subjects for 10 months straight as elementary teacher do. I would likely lose my mind in the process.
In some regards that was a useful reminder to me on what I’m good at and what I’m not. It’s sort of like the fact I’ve never had an article on this site about how to pay off your credit card balance…if you need that kind of help you are in the wrong place. Why? I’ve never had that kind of debt or really a spending problem, so I leave that teaching to someone else with more experience and understanding. It’s not that I couldn’t do it, but rather I don’t think I would do it well.
I like to think I understand some of my own limits. What I can do well and what I won’t bother doing at all. Yet despite this fact I still regularly try to push those limits. Why? In my mind, you never really learn anything new without pushing against some kind of boundary or limit.
I’m not learning how to run because I look good in running shoes, I’m doing it to push my previously low limits on endurance. I’m not pushing against that boundary between low spending and happiness out of habit, but rather wanting to understand how I continue to grow as a person impacts where that boundary is. I don’t particular like speaking to a group of people, but I’m getting better with practice so I keep saying yes to speaking engagements.
So it’s ok to know your limits in life, but you also have to keep pushing on them otherwise you might never find what else you can do well if you would just give it a try. What I struggle with it knowing the line between the two? So where do you draw the line of living in your limit and pushing past it.