It can be difficult to see yourself as a teacher. We are, after all, our own worst critics. But each of us brings our own experience and perspective to the mat. As we practice, new students come in behind us and see us as examples to follow, whether we like it or not. Embrace and respect this simple fact of life. When we realize this about ourselves, we become better students. We can now accept that even our recognized teachers are a work in progress. Knowing they are a moving target not only helps us accept new explanations but also invigorates us, knowing that there is no plateau, there is always more to learn.