Listen To Learn
Who am I?
I’m a 7th degree black belt Master of Tae Kwon-Do. I do not expect people to know what I know, just as I would hope a doctor or lawyer wouldn’t expect me to understand their world completely.
But I respect the person who listens to learn.
All too often people rush into a conversation to share their thoughts and opinions. They want to be heard as if their voice is more important than others. Unfortunately, this leads to condescension and patronizing people, which nobody likes.
I have a student who is a cardiologist. She is quite intelligent and a true professional at her trade. I respect her dearly. Now, I’m a pretty smart guy and can follow along in a conversation, but I did not go to medical school. I can’t tell you the first thing about heart diseases or transplant surgeries, but when we talk, she brings me into her world as an equal. She doesn’t speak above me and allows me to listen and learn.
Components of Respect?
Respect involves treating another person as an equal. Whether superior or inferior to you, you value their time, energy, and talents. You do not take advantage of another person. Show people you are in touch with their values by listening. Understand who they are, what they are, and never hold them to a lower esteem.
Never use people for your own personal gain.
When I bring people into my world, I will educate them at a level they can understand. I’ll share with them what I do, how I do, why I do.
All they have to do, is listen…
Master Gorino’s Tae Kwon-Do offers a trial program for individuals and families in Buffalo, NY and the surrounding areas that allows you to get a feel for the different classes, meet our instructors, and experience our dojang. It’s a great way to see if Tae Kwon-Do is right for you. To learn more or to sign up, register online or call (716) 836-KICK (5425) and a member of our team will follow up with you on next steps. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Pil-Sung!