Today, one of my colleagues asked me about the most challenging part for me in the University and how I overcame it. This is what I have shared:
I am not sure what do others think about this. Throughout most of my career, a large part of it has been being an educator. I believe in sharing ideas and receiving them. But sometimes, I am a little sad when it is not well received. During my recent peer appraisal, some comments pointed toward that direction, with one saying that it is a waste of time.
While I know that some people may perceive it negatively on one side, I continue to share because I believe that on the positive side, some might benefit. And for me, so long one person benefitted from my sharing, I think it is worth my effort. This is also one of the reasons why I like to share my thoughts online – to educate or be educated.
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.”
― George Bernard Shaw