For as long as I can remember I’ve had an inherent desire to understand how things, just about everything, operates and I ask questions. To whom? Just about everyone in just about every field. People are my greatest source of information.
Being like this though what I learned the most was about people. I had to learn to not only look at the information they shared with me, but the information they didn’t. I had to consider their motivations and look at their experiences. Beyond all of that, I had to study how I was taking in and processing the information being received.
When genuinely good people are sharing information with me because they want to help, I get tremendous amounts of amazing stuff from them. When deceitful, pretend people are sharing with me I have learned how to escapulate learning lessons from these experiences as well. Sometimes, learning what not to do can be more valuable than what to do.
It seems that it’s easier to focus on the bad, this seems to be a trend with many things these days. Instead, I prefer to focus on the good people I have and will meet and on the good lessons I have learned from the bad. This leaves me wanting to meet and help more people and I think that’s a better place to be.
Consider the source, extend your hand, open your ears but exercise caution.