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This Professor Shows What It Means To Be A Teacher – Both In Life And Death

This Professor Shows What It Means To Be A Teacher – Both In Life And Death

What does being a teacher entail? Prodding students around? Assigning detentions? Giving an endless amount of homework?

Perhaps that is what most students would think. Yet, in this short video, we can see how teachers are guides and inspirations. Revolving around a professor of medical studies throughout life, the story hints to us the importance of teachers in our lives.

“I don’t have parents! Even if I graduated, no one would be proud of me!”

“I would be proud of you!” The professor yelled.

Nop was studying to become a doctor. Yet the financial pressure and the lack of someone to rely on was slowly pushing him over the edge. He worked late, skived classes, flunked exams … until one day, his professor marched up to his house to yell some sense into him.

It was not long after he graduated when his professor fell into a terminal illness. In a cruel twist of fate, his long-time mentor passed away in his bed. Yet, he was left with a short letter, explaining his professor’s dedication towards teaching throughout his life – and even in his death.

“Not many realized that doctors and teachers have one thing in common: when we see the people we treat are better, we’d be happy too.”

We may not realize how fundamental and impactful our teachers have been in our lives. Yet, every one of them has left a mark, making us a better person in the end. So let us take this opportunity to give our sincerest gratitude to our teachers!

Share and let everyone around you know the importance of teachers in their lives!

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Eamon Suen

Student, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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