Good morning friends! Yesterday we talked about accidental learning, and I gave you some tips on how to be more purposeful about looking for and using the things you learn unexpectedly in your day to day lives. Be aware. Be available. Be amenable. You never know when you'll come across something that will become a stepping stone towards something great!
Speaking of great, how great is the graphic above?! I bet you didn't know that fun fact before now. Aren't you glad you know it now? I mean, seriously, life changing! :) For more fun random facts, check out Dr. Cathie Dunal's website. Her fun little cartoons and random facts are making my day!
Before we get started on today's topic, "Leveraging Who You Know to Increase What You Know", I just want to clarify something. I'm not super crazy about the title of this blog post. The word leverage can have kind of a negative connotation. The poor word gets a bad rap! Webster defines leverage as:
"Influence or power used to achieve a desired result"
This definition might seem to imply that I'm saying you should use your influence and power over others to get what you want. No. Just no. I will never, ever encourage anyone to use power or influence over another. I will always, always encourage people to work together in community to accomplish goals. In the case of this blog post, I'm using the word leverage in a slightly different way. Think of it like a formula:
Their influence and power + my respectful request for information = together achieving a desired result
Boom. Glad we got that settled.
Learning by Association
No one person can know everything, but we all have a unique set of knowledge and skills. Working together, we can boost each other up. Everyone wins!
When you're in that place where you're ready to take that next step and launch out into the unknown, look at the people around you, those in your family, circle of friends, community. Consider what they know. Do they have skills you'd like to learn? Have they had experience that would benefit your new venture in some way? Can they offer lessons and information that would help you avoid any pitfalls and setbacks?
You can learn from these people. You need to learn from these people. But how? It's not as if you can hook up a cable and download information directly from their brain into yours. (Oh my goodness, if someone has figured that out, please let me know. I've got some super smart peeps I'd love to borrow from!) I'm going to give you three tips on how you can get started leveraging that information they have, the influence and power they possess. And yes, they all start with the letter "A". Because alliteration.
I also thought about my professional circles. Were there people I had helped
in the past who might be willing to return the favor? What do they know or
have experience with that might be key for me? Again, write the questions
down. Then get ready for step three.
People respond very favorably to an honest seeker. If they say no, just move on down the line. They may reconsider later. One thing is for certain though - if you don't ask, you will never get a yes.
Don't force yourself to reinvent the wheel when there's someone who's been where you are who can help. You can do this!
Have a great Friday!
Hi, I'm Christa, manager of HUB Creative Media and co-founder of Livestock HUB, an Iowa-based business specializing in web design and online marketing. I have one handsome hubby who's my partner in crime (not literally) and two great kids who keep us busy (Softball! Volleyball! Basketball! All the sports!) I love creating beautiful things, whether on the computer, in the garden or in my home. Helping people promote what they love is my favorite!