First Eat and then Teach

I’m sure you heard the African Proverb just like I have of teaching a man how to fish instead of giving him a fish. I agree with that saying. When I first heard that saying it was profound wisdom. Give the gift that continues to give by giving. It makes a lot of sense, but what if that same man has been hungry and without food for several days? I would feed him first. What about you?

Sometimes we need to give before we teach. Similarly to listening before we speak. These two examples would be the same concept. More importantly, I hope we take the time to understand the need of the person across from us. Let’s examine the details to see how we can help these individuals the best we can to our abilities.

Too many times we give people what we feel is best for them, instead of giving them what they need. For example, if I see someone with their hand out on the highway onramp, I’m going to give them whatever I believe they need. On the other hand, if I ask someone what they need and I fail to give them that item—money, food or something in reason—I feel that’s immoral. Don’t ask a question and not fulfill it when you’re able to help unless you know all the details, that’s a different story. Therefore, let’s do what we can at the time and be a blessing for that moment.

Do you know someone that can use your help right now?

Give and then teach. First, eat and then teach.

I write this because my business is personal because this service is for the advancement of all humanity. My failures and successes are for your gain. No strings attached.

Nathan A. Webster, MBA

Author: nathanwebster
From a US Marine to nonprofit executive director, I've been fortunate to do a lot of stuff. My quick history is I’m a brand marketer with a background in social good. In the process of running a small educational nonprofit, I learned the value of storytelling and digital branding. That’s how I got involve in marketing, websites, consulting via my podcast as well, and being an adjunct business professor at the local community college.
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