“Experience is the best teacher, but a fool will learn from no other.” - Benjamin Franklin (American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Writer and Inventor. 1706-1790)
Here is an awesome post from a new blog I have been reading lately called Six Pixels of Separation. The post is on the importance of learning from everything! I think it ties in nicely with the BadskiBlog theme of a fairly average cranium looking to expand. I know that my blogs I follow list is getting fairly ridiculous but there is a lot of good stuff out there and I have to show the love. Here are some excerpts of the quality advice from the post above.
Last week, there was a Blog post here titled, 10 New Business Books Worth Checking Out. As I was sorting through which books to list, it was interesting to read the reviews surrounding these titles (both on the book retail websites and on Blogs, Twitter feeds, etc...). You could tell which reviewers were regular people (the silent majority, the mass population, etc...) and which were the ones who were neck-deep into New Media (those with their own Blogs, thousands of followers on Twitter, etc...). It should come as no shock, that when it comes to Bloggers we like to eat our own. We're quick to judge, comment and attack, but in seeing countless semi-nice reviews with lines like, "there is nothing new in this book" or "I didn't really learn anything I didn't already know," it wound up becoming somewhat comical.
The real experts, the ones who really are superstars don't do this.
After spending countless years in the music industry, it was plain as day who would be a successful artist/musician and who would disappear quickly into obscurity. The real geniuses, the real experts and the real artists were the ones who knew this one golden rule: you can learn something new from anyone at any time. The trick is in leaving yourself open to this experience. The trick is in always being a student.