How to Learn from Others

One of the most limiting mindsets is the belief that you know more than other people. The next limiting mindset is the belief that you must be the best at everything you do. No matter how smart you are, if you are always the smartest person in the room you aren’t growing. If you already have all the answers you won’t be curious.  If you aren’t curious won’t learn from others.  In order to learn from others, you must get out of your limiting mindsets and make a change. You must do these three things:

  1. Make peace with your limitations
  2. Stop judging yourself
  3. Become curious

Whether your weakness is in your personal or your professional life, there is someone who knows more than you. You simply can’t know more than everyone else about everything else.  It’s time to change your mindset that you need to be the best or know the most. The first step to making peace with your limitations or lack of knowledge is to admit that someone knows more than you about a number of things, for example, how to…

  • Lead
  • write up a business plan
  • file taxes
  • communicate
  • set up a business
  • organize an office
  • fix a computer
  • initiate performance conversations
  • build relationships
  •  update your look

If you can make peace with your limitations or lack of knowledge, and if you can stop judging yourself and get curious, the answer may be right around the corner.  People who know more love to help.  When we shut people down because we need to know more we shut down the flow, and we fail to learn from others.

What do you need to do right now?

  • Get business coaching
  • Get help with your household?
  • Get help with your relationship?
  • Update your resume?

Someone needs your knowledge. You need someone else’s knowledge. When you don’t need to be the smartest person in the room you can be at peace with your own ignorance and then you are at liberty to reach out and learn from others.

Points to Ponder

1. What is an area where you struggle?
2. How do you try to hide or compensate for this weakness?
3. Who knows more than you in this area where you struggle?
4. What steps must you take to learn from this person?