Breaking Down Richard Bach’s Quote On How We Learn Best

“Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know it just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers.” – Richard Bach

The moment I read this quote, I was immediately reminded of another quote I once heard from Jim Rohn as he credited the idea to its author, Joseph Joubert. “To teach, is to learn twice.” Mr. Rohn was actually describing his own experience as related to lecturing across the country. He talked about how when we share ideas, both the sharer of the idea and the receiver of the idea learn, but the sharer of the idea has the unique opportunity of reminding others they are already aware of the information.

It has been said by several great teachers throughout the years that we need a lot more reminding than we need teaching. There is even a book titled: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things, by Robert Fulghum. He goes on in the book to say: Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned in kindergarten.

In Kindergarten, we learned all the basic rules of life like sharing, playing fair, and saying you’re sorry. We were taught how to learn some and think some, to draw and paint and sing and dance, to watch out for traffic, to hold hands and stick together, and to be aware of wonder… These are just a few of the ideas captured in Robert Fulghums book. According to Sir Ken Robinson, 95 % of kids in Kindergarten think divergently (think outside of the box) compared to only 5% in grade 12. As we grow up, we tend to lose our creative, colorful and unorthodox outlook. You can’t live inside the box and then try and think outside of it.

Let’s talk a little bit about being aware of wonder… It’s so easy to become completely consumed by all of the activities requiring our full attention, that we forget about all of the wonders of daily living. This is where the saying stop and smell the roses comes from… Did you ever notice how a child will stop instantly in their tracks because a roly poly bug caught their eye? Have you seen how they become suddenly fascinated by just watching it crawl through the grass? Children are awesomely aware of wonder!

Learning is about wonder. Learning is finding out or simply remembering, or being reminded of what we already know. Learning is teaching. Learning is sharing great ideas. Learning is as Richard Bach stated, “finding out what we already know.” When we do something, we are actually demonstrating that we really know what we are doing. When we teach, we reinforce a message for ourselves and remind others in the process they know the information just as well as we do.

Once a new concept or new information is taken in, it is known. It is learned when we find a way to express it that makes sense for us. Once we make sense of it in a way we can relate to, then we have learned it. When we can express it to another individual or individuals in a manner they understand, then we can teach it. In teaching it, we reinforce what we have learned and realize we can also actually do the thing we learned. We are all learners, doers, and teachers… We learn together!

Author: Bobby Kountz

Bobby Kountz is a former Oncology Nurse, a seasoned Oncology Sales Professional, and Personal Development Enthusiast. He is also an Inspirational Writer, Professional Speaker, Personal Development and Career Transition Coach, Dedicated Community Volunteer, Social Equality Activist, Mental Health Activist, and Loving Father and Husband.