Sound Advice For A Young Wilderness Guide And Bushcraft Instructor

“Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.”  – Lord Chesterfield

No one likes a know-it-all. Most people don’t even like a know-it-some. Is there anything more annoying when you’re trying to learn something new than someone skilled jumping in and saying, “It’s easy, do it like this!”  I’ve heard countless hours of unwanted “helpful advice” given to students over the years.  Usually it has been more of a distraction than an aid.

An important skill for the new guide or bushcraft instructor is learning to keep your mouth shut.  Offer advice when requested, but know how to keep quiet and stay out of the way so people can learn.

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  • Matt

    That also applies to learning how to bowl or how to play golf.

  • Agreed, Matt. I think it applies anywhere where the terms “teaching” or “coaching” have traditionally been used.



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