If you are waiting for someone to teach you about something, you aren't really interested in learning it.
I had this epiphany when I said that I couldn't complete a specific report because no one had shown me how. I said it out loud and as soon as I did, I paused, smiled and then said:
What I really mean is I don't want to do this.
...and I apologized. Hearing it allowed me to understand what I really meant. I viewed this task as one that was keeping me from doing something else that I needed/wanted to do. Turns out, I was standing in my own way. So, I got in there and figured out how to do that report and made myself some directions for the next time I have to do it - which is every month - but that experience got me thinking...
How often do we hear the "I don't know how" or "no one showed me how" excuse from students - or fellow educators? I know I have heard it before from both. I know I've said it before, too. But now, no more excuses.
The next time I hear a similar statement uttered, it will tell me more than the words that are spoken.