This is often asked of anyone wanting to be successful. That is because anyone wanting to be successful needs to study and learn the arts of being successful. They need to study and train under people who are successful. Success begets success. And in anything in life, only those who have been successful can teach the ways of success. If you want to be successful, would you follow a loser or a winner? So, when someone asks you “are you trainable and teachable?” what would you say?
You must realize that all successful people train hard all their life. Even geniuses and natural born athletes were asked “are you trainable and teachable?” by their teachers. There is no easy road to success. When you want to play the piano, the piano teacher would ask you “are you trainable and teachable?” When you want to be the top martial artist, the kung fu master asks you “are you trainable and teachable?” Likewise, when you want to be successful, the guru or success expert will ask you “are you trainable and teachable?”
They all ask “are you trainable and teachable?” because if your answer is no, then they might as well not teach you for everything would be in vain. It would be like teaching a pig how to fly. Any student that is inflexible and unwilling to learn will never learn no matter how much the teacher tries to force him. That is why any road to success begins with the question: are you trainable and teachable?