Friday, January 30, 2009

Learning from Others

Here's a topic that Brandon and I recently discussed. I wonder if you have any opinions about it. What kind of people are easy to learn from and why? What kind of people are easy to teach? Do you feel that every person that you meet has something that you can learn from? Do you ever feel like others don't really want to listen to your opinion because of your status? What are things that turn you off from wanting to learn something from someone else? What ways do you try to learn from others? Anyway, if you care to comment, go ahead - be anonymous if you want. We'd love to hear what you have to say.

4 comments:

Fern said...

I guess it just depends on the person. There are people that everyone is just drawn to because they're nice, sincere, generous, funny, and fun to be around. And it helps if they have the same standards, goals and integrity as we do. But those are the people I am drawn to. They are the ones I want to be more like. I'd rather be around someone who makes me a better person whenever I'm with them. I like to feel uplifted when I'm around someone frequently... and I hope that is how I influence others, although it's always a work in progress, and we all have our bad moments, too.

Heather said...

Thanks Fern, I agree that people are more willing to learn from those that are like themselves - in characteristics, goals and values like you mentioned. I'm definitely more willing to listen and learn from someone who I admire and respect as well.

Candy said...

If you go back to basic child education, there are different types of "students." There's "feel and learn," "watch and repeat," and the "explorer." Ther may be a few more. So these are not technical names, but you get the idea that it depend on the personality type how a person learns. I personally find I learn by exploring. So I like to be guided by someone, but find I must try to figure it out myself to get the ideas to click together in my head. So sometimes people have a hard time relating to each other because they have not experienced the same things. I am naturally drawn to others who truely understand me and have a giving heart. I guess trust is the key to learning from others.

Heather said...

Thanks for your comment Candy. I agree that trust plays a key role in the learning process. It's definitely more effective when there's trust involved. Thanks for bringing up the different learning types. I think that although we may tend toward one, as you say, we can learn through all the different methods as well. For instance we can learn through observation. When we see someone doing something that is wrong, that can teach us not to do that ourselves. But sometimes we still have to learn the hard way.