Learning from others is how we learn most things in life. While it can feel like an absolute triumph to learn something ourselves, often our most complete victories are those in which we are taught by someone else. After all, error teaches brutally, while foresight teaches with care. However, it’s not just written or taught instruction that can help us understand new skills, mistakes to avoid and places to look for more knowledge. Sometimes, and often, the actions of people around us all contributes to our guidance. The wise person learns from other people’s actions. You might choose to learn from the following place.
Learn From Your Staff
It might not be that your staff are as technically proficient in the matters of your industry as you are, but you can still learn from them. For example, let’s say you own a restaurant and you’re treating a young person to an internship to become a chef. It might be that you learn from them once more a revitalized and fresh love for food, or the punctuality they possess, or how to always be polite no matter who you talk to. Even simple lessons can be lost, especially if we haven’t exercised them in a while. Methods like this help our hidden inner knowledge come out and stay present in our actions. This can be tremendously beneficial for the most part.
Learn From Public Figures
Public figures are often the most storied and their mistakes are the most public to see. This might be through simply sampling the creative output they have, reading their business case studies, or becoming aware of high profile legal cases. All of these things contribute to the overall attitudes that a business might bring to the table, and this is very much worth knowing. For example, learning management mistakes in the higher echelons of the business world can not only help you adapt to those and prevent them from happening in your own firm, but give your peace of mind that even the most ‘successful’ have had to learn the hard way.
Learn From Your Elders
While it might not seem the most important or appropriate based on the task you have at hand, learning from your elders can work massively. This might be being instructed on the value of a business handshake by your grandfather, or seeing that in first hand. It might be seeing the value of eye contact, face to face communication and a willingness to air out grievances before they become too public. Learning from these habits can give you that old school sensibility that does seem lacking from the business ettiquette of today. Learn from your elders, they often have plenty to teach you.
With this mindset you are much more certain to operate in a healthy manner, taking the attitudes, ideas and experiences from those around you and incorporating them into your daily grind. After all, we only have one life with many personal and business mistakes to make. With the willingness to listen, you can avoid many of them.