Learning from anyone

Written by Nguyen Griggs

Dr. Nguyen "Tom" Griggs is a native Houstonian. He holds a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and a master's degree in Business and Administration from the University of Houston. For the past 18 years, Dr. Griggs dedicated himself to college students' success in and out of the classroom. As a sensei at TNT JuJitsu, he coaches troubled kids to take better paths. He is an instructor in Verbal Judo and has certificates in Advanced Negotiations and Conflict Resolution from Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business.
Sep 30, 2011

My dad taught me something a long time ago that I could learn from anyone as long as I was willing to listen. That thought resonates with me till this day. In my time in education and life, I’ve learned so much from so many people. I am amazed at how a simple conversation in the elevator provided a wealth of insight regarding a problem, an event or just some wisdom to an average day.

Oddly enough, children will sometimes ask questions of me when I teach martial arts classes that make me think. Their innocent queries can provide me with the realization that perhaps I have a persistent frown on my face or I seem troubled and they can sense it. I can even recall times when wait staff at restaurants helped me through friendly advice just because I was open to talking and willing to listen. It seems that the key to learning then, is openness and willingness to learn, listen and grow.

I hope that this post finds you well, happy and perhaps open for some learning today. Until next time friends, your life is a gift. Share it generously and wisely.