As humans, we are wired to see ourselves as the center of the universe.
It feels like the world revolves around us. We think mostly in terms of “me” and “I”.
This isn’t a bad thing. It’s just the way we are. But, like all things, it does have consequences.
When it comes to learning, it’s easy to fall into this same mind set. And it can become a trap.
If you want to learn something new, but you’re only focused on learning that is coming your way, you’re missing a huge slice of the pie: the opportunity to learn by helping others learn.
They say that the best way to learn is to teach something. I think there’s truth to that.
I just started Seth Godin’s “The Marketing Seminar”, which is an online seminar with thousands of people who are all learning from Seth and each other about how to become better marketers with the goal of spreading work that matters.
This concept of learning by contributing to others is something I’ve learned from this seminar, and something I’m now trying to put into practice.
There are opportunities to learn each day. And it’s not only inbound learning that you grow from (I.e receiving new ideas).
The outbound learning (I.e engaging others in conversation, maybe even trying to help them solve their challenges), also yields valuable learning opportunities.
Look out today for those opportunities to learn by engaging on the topics of what other people are working on.
You might be surprised at what you learn.