By Praveen Moudgil
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ` Winston Churchill
Not everyone understands the pleasure of giving, and some of those who do understand are the richest people on earth. For example, Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft Inc., one of the richest men in world, has given the most to charity ($35 billion). He is definitely among the greatest philanthropists. As a tutor, I have the opportunity to impart new learnings to the upcoming students. I execute this task with utmost passion. In return, I get recognition, and respect from my students. Also, my own knowledge increases by leaps and bounds.
Knowledge is a wealth that grows by sharing. Every learner has a different way of learning. Some may learn by reading, writing, and listening; others may learn by visualizing, creating, and participating. Horizons of learning increase when an educator’s knowledge is tested by an inquisitive learner.
This phenomenon of learning, sharing, and growing is also supported by DIKW pyramid where D stands for Data, I for Information, K for knowledge, and W for wisdom. According to Cooper (2017), data is a value. It becomes information “when this data is placed in a context. It becomes knowledge when the information is structured and organized as a result of cognitive processing and validation” (Cooper, 2017, p. 55). When knowledge is shared for the benefit of self and others, it becomes wisdom.
There is maybe no other profession that is more fulfilling than teaching. It is because of the educators, that people are who they are, whether they are doctors, engineers, scientists, or business managers. Even a sportsperson needs a coach to be successful. So, I love the way I am contributing to the overall wisdom of my college, my community, my city, and my country.
Such is the pleasure of giving, it makes my ambitions fly.
When, I see the twinkle in their eyes, it makes my worth multiply.
Such is the pleasure of giving, it lifts my body and spirit.
When, I see them successful, it feels like, I did it.
Cooper, P. (2017). Data, information, knowledge and wisdom. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, 18(1), 55-56.
Wikipedia. (2018). DYIK pyramid. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIKW_pyramid
Praveen Moudgil is a student in the Practical Nursing program and has been a tutor since September 2017. Moudgil plans to work in the nursing field after graduation and to continue studies towards a post-graduate degree in Nursing with the goal of teaching at the post secondary level in the future.