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To be teachable
My brother David makes pies. Really tasty pies. Really pretty pies. He’s also a first-rate software engineer/designer, he knows how to fly helicopters, and he can fix just about anything, but that’s another story. Back to the pies. The secret, he says, is in the crust. Our mom taught him how to make it, but being the curious guy that he is, David took the recipe and started experimenting with ways to make it better. And boy did he succeed! He made 20 pies (four different kinds) for his son’s wedding last year. He has held classes in his kitchen to teach friends how to make perfect pie crusts. Recently, Mom even took a lesson from him!
The thing about David is that he is teachable. He is a good student. He asks questions and (usually) listens to the answer. Then he thinks about the answer. Then he devises little experiments to test the answer. He is not afraid to explore things—nor, as I recall from our childhood days, is he afraid to “explode” things if necessary, but I digress again.