4 Signs You’re Not Very Teachable

4 Signs You’re Not Very Teachable

We’re currently in a sermon series called A Good Name walking through the book of Proverbs. It’s all about seeking wisdom and walking wisely. One of the first steps to becoming wise is becoming a teachable person. Here are four signs you’re not very teachable:

1. You get offended when someone tries to teach you something you already know.

A coach shows a kid how to properly hold a basketball, and the kid rolls his eyes and says, “Are you kidding me? I learned that in the second grade?”

2. You pretend you already know what’s being taught, even when you don’t.

It’s amazing how much you don’t know, even in your field of expertise. There are people who can circles around you when it comes to that subject. They’ve built a knowledge base that far surpasses yours. Humble people don’t pretend to be know-it-alls.

3. You can’t take instruction from those in lower positions.

There are only a few special people that you’ve allowed to speak into your life. Humble people are the opposite—they commit to learn from everybody, even their opponents.

4. You take every criticism personally.

I know it’s hard, but receiving criticism is good for your soul. When someone points out a weakness, you can consider this an invitation to grow, to get better, or an invitation to get angry, and bitter. God disciplines those he loves, and this often comes in the form of criticism. Proverbs 9:8, “Don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.”


You get it—the wisest people on Earth realize they are always a work in progress, even in their later years. The fools think otherwise. It’s all about the soil of your heart when it comes to learning. And the state of the soil is your fault. You choose the soil when it comes to learning and your attitude will determine your altitude.


Related: Check out this first sermon from A Good Name