What Can You Learn from Your Network?

For a moment, close your eyes and envision your network, the people you interact with, virtually or face-to-face, as a huge library with rows of books.   Think of how each person fits into the shelf as a category: self-help, motivation, business advice, how-to, friendship, humor; you get the idea.When was the last time you read a book from one of the categories?  Meaning, when was the last time you learned something from your network?  It occurs on a daily basis, if you stop to think about it.Each day we learn from others, from the people in our network.  It may be by reading status updates and fan page updates on Facebook.  It could come from answering a question or accepting a request to connect on LinkedIn.  It could be interacting with followers on Twitter.  We learn each time we interact, as long as we are open to learning and actively participating in the conversation.  How can you learn more?  Read more blogs, books and sites; actively participate with your network; ask your friends, followers and connections what they are involved with and how you can help.What have I learned from my network?  Plenty.  From @NursbevW (today, 1/25, is her birthday!) I have learned how to selflessly give to others and to put others needs first.  As the Founder and Director of Crafters with Love, Bev gives of herself to others.  She makes sure other families have Christmas before she does; working tirelessly to raise money and awareness to help others.  I have a long way to go before I give like Bev does, but I learn from her constantly.From @MickeJ57 I have learned how to properly thank others for their service.  Mickey has created a following on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube because of his Mick’s Pick videos.  Videos that highlight the men and women that have sacrificed and served our country.  Memorials are terrific, but Mickey is making sure that we know these individuals and thank them while they are still with us.  Thank you Mickey for what you do.From @Iconic88 I have learned that being a positive force can have a tremendous affect on others.  If you don’t follow “my brother” on Twitter, you should.  Tweeting the positive, encouraging random acts of kindness and reminding us all that we can make a difference in others lives is just a sampling of what this man does.  The Chief Happiness Office on Twitter lives up to his name and will provide a daily pick-me-up!On a daily basis I learn how to be better at what I do, how to better engage, how to write better, ask better questions and countless other things; all from my network.What have you learned from your network?  Let me know by adding your comments!


  1. John Lusher says:

    Thanks so much for the kind words Gina! We all learn from each other and I have learned so much from you about attitude relationships and engaging people in ways that I hadn’t thought of!!

  2. I love your passion for learning from your network John. It shows that you’re not just doing it for the heck of it, but these relationships present a genuine value (buzz word) to you. When I first joined Twitter I’ll admit that I followed the crowd (literally) but when I got into core conversations I started to see the value of relationships. Good job on this one man, keep up the good work.

  3. John Lusher says:

    Thank you Rod! Like you, I followed the crowd at first, but soon learned that the meaningful conversations and relationships were ones that were genuine and nurtured. We can all learn from others and we should!

  4. I love how you put Social Media into perspective, and used a great analogy to describe how we all collectively make such a huge library, full of knowledge, adventure, relationships, learning, etc. We all have something different and valuable to contribute, and we should immerse ourselves in great content, relationships, and become more enlightened, more educated, and be a better person from the "books we read" or "relationships we engage, value, and learn in" No wonder I am so drawn to you – you care first and foremost about the relationship and learning, and the opportunities will come naturally!

  5. John Lusher says:

    Thanks so much Paul! I love the analogy of books relating to relationships; each person has so much to offer if we only engage them! I appreciate the kind words my friend; it is all about relationships!

  6. Rochelle Veturis says:

    Wow John, you never disappoint. I agree with Rod and Paul, that this is a fabulous analogy! I like it because each book (i.e. person), has an author who wrote their story with a specific purpose and intention. It’s powerful to think that no matter what happens in our story, each chapter, each page was written strategically, with love and care. There was a point. I love this picture because each follower on Twitter is so different, with different messages, styles, lengths, book covers, etc. You get the picture.Thank you for encouraging that constant necessity for learning John. The minute we think we know it all we’re doomed. I don’t know about you, but investing time and love into my tribe has yielded a wealth of knowledge and relationships. The likes of which I could have never fathomed. It’s mind blowing. You rock.

  7. Sahail Ashraf says:

    It is absolutely astonishing how we live and work in a vacuum.For a few months now I have been trying to build up my blog. It is now beginning to walk, with faltering steps, after a long period of crawling.My main problem was that I didn’t talk to anyone. I made a few comments on blogs here and there, but mostly wrote articles in eZines etc, rather than communicated with people who may take an interest in me.I have now started reaching out on places like twitter, and have already arranged guest posts, learned a lot about my blog, and, oh…one other thing.I have realised that there is more to life than me and my thoughts. The world out there is incredible, and no one can make it on their own.So, to paraphrase someone…only connect.Cheers.

  8. Gina Parris says:

    Whoa! Somehow I had missed this post, and I love it. You do exemplify someone learning from his network. Sometimes I fear that my network is like a drug to this girl who has a sick, sick obsessive curiosity and would read every single link that comes along!The greatest thing I’ve learned from YOU in my network is that it is valuable to care, to take time to bring greetings and encouragement.Thank you. 🙂

  9. John Lusher says:

    Thanks so much for the kind words Gina! We all learn from each other and I have learned so much from you about attitude relationships and engaging people in ways that I hadn’t thought of!!

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