“Eventually everything connects — People, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality.” -Charles Eames
The process of learning is a basic component of any relationship . The mentor/mentee relationship is how people have learned since the beginning of time. Parents may be teaching their children, managers training their employees, or teachers instructing their students; whatever the case may be, the Learn Do Teach (#LDT) model is the best way to network and create meaningful relationships.
Learning a skill requires time to be spent with someone who already has that expertise. They have learned at one time, taken action to affirm their knowledge, and then become a teacher so that they can automate their processes.
Currently I am learning from Dennis Yu about how to become a digital marketing consultant a.k.a Facebook ad pro. The process is complicated and requires a certain mindset to continually learn from those around you while teaching others what you have found through experience.
Lots of people are afraid to ask for help. So many experts exist in every field, all it takes is a simple inquiry to gain some knowledge. Personally I reached out to Drew Peterson, a skier whom I admire and asked his advice. He responded with a few lengthy paragraphs with wisdom and inspiration.
Completing the process of Learn –> Do –> Teach will allow you to create a network of like-minded people who you can grow together with. All it takes is asking someone a question, reaching out to someone who you respect. In the technology age, networking and connecting to those whom we admire is the easiest it has been in human history. People are willing to share their knowledge, but it takes the action of asking first.
I reached out to Dennis and asked if he could help me. That was Step 1, but nothing would have happened had I not reached out and asked to learn what he has to offer. The first step to failure is not taking action, so go reach out to someone who provides inspiration whether it be on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Chances are you will get a thoughtful response if you pose thoughtful questions, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how technology can benefit you. Most people who have an online presence are not trying to hide from fans, so go ahead and reach out to make a new connection.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.” -African Proverb