By JASON REYNOLDS
Tennessee Christian News
A pastor argues in a new book that there is one key to success: Teachability.
Matt Keller is pastor of Next Level Church in Fort Myers, Florida and founder of Next Level Coaching. He has a book hitting the stores Tuesday, Sept. 29 titled “The Key to Everything: Unlocking the Secret to Why Some People Succeed and Others Don’t.” Thomas Nelson is the publisher.
Teachability is necessary for professional, academic or personal life, Keller argues. Teachability requires desire to become better and willingness to learn or relearn what you think you already know.
“Because of the increasing rate in which our world is moving and the overwhelming volume of change literally happening on a daily basis, teachability will be the only way for you and I to succeed in the next half century,” he writes.
In his book, Keller makes his point with the stories of King Saul and Paul the Apostle. Keller goes into great detail on Saul’s failures due to not being teachable. One of many examples was his being paralyzed by fear of fighting Goliath.
While Paul started out as unteachable, he became “one of the most teachable people to ever walk the earth,” Keller writes. Paul knew how to handle success, Keller argues, and basically did not let his accomplishments go to his head.
Paul never let misfortunes keep him down, Keller writes, even when he was severely beaten for sharing the Gospel. “Through it all, Paul kept his heart right and handled his mistreatment with courage and perseverance.”
I believe Keller is right on in his analysis on how to be teachable and on how important this characteristic is. I cannot tell you the number of times I have spoken to business owners and others in leadership positions about what’s working and what’s not working and hear that unteachable people are a major problem. Some people are just plain ole’ set against changing. Others are just blind about their faults and could never conceive of the notion that they are stuck where they are because of one thing: They. Do. Not. Want. To. Change.
I have a relative who works for one local business that is both technical and medical in nature. Good help is so frustratingly hard to find that they are willing to hire someone with practically no experience in that field as long as the person has a good personality and is willing to work hard and to learn the job. You would think anyone seeking a job would have those characteristics — but no, not in today’s world.
I have to say that Keller’s book is one of the most informative books of its type I’ve read in some time. I have a business degree and have read a number of books on business and leadership. I rank Keller’s book up there with two of my favorites: “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable” by Patrick Lencioni and “The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations” by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom. Those books — and now Keller’s — give good, actionable advice on their respective topics.
I predict “The Key to Everything” will become another must-have part of anyone’s collection who is interested in personal growth.