Your Friends are Amazing – 3 ways to Learn From Them

At the end of this month, I’m running the Impact Hub Crawl – In a warm-up to this peer-to-peer (beer-to-beer!) learning event, I wanted to share with you three ways to learn from your friends.

 1) Teach to Learn

When I was a teacher in Japan, the joke was always – “Who learns the most in school?” “The teachers!”. OK, that’s not something that our global education systems should be proud of, but in traditional education it’s true.

Why is this true? Because to be able to teach something well, you have to know it really well. And if you know you have to teach it, you’ll really concentrate when you are learning it! What could you teach your friends?

Who's really learning here?

Who’s really learning here?

“We Learn…

10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we see and hear
70% of what is discussed with others
80% of what is experienced personally
95% of what we teach to someone else”
William Glasser

2) Make and Spend Time with Them

To learn from your friends you have to make time to spend with your friends.  Last year I was so interested in this idea I set up a group on Facebook called “Finding a CoLiveWork House” because I wanted to be living with friends that motivate and inspire me.  It worked! I ended up living with Brenna, an excellent writer and travel blogger, and Mike, a specialist in social business and investment. I recommend making time to form your own intentional community, and then spending time in it.  If you are interested in the same things as me, join my Facebook group, or start your own.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”

3) Ask and Give Back.

If you have a friend that is good at something you want to learn, just ask them to help you. Invite them round for dinner, and as above, spend time with them. We’re all busy, but hopefully, we’ve got time for our friends – that’s what friends are for, right?
Surprisingly, the Ben Franklin Effect suggests that if someone does YOU a favour, they will like YOU more! How interesting is that!
“He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he whom you yourself have obliged.”
And maybe after your new best friend has helped you out, you can do something nice for them too. Like, invite them to join you on the Impact Hub Crawl on June 27th. 
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How do you learn from your friends?  Let us all know in the comments.


4 thoughts on “Your Friends are Amazing – 3 ways to Learn From Them

  1. Couldn’t agree more with everything about this post! I’m currently pretty broke and asking for several favors in return for home made cookies! Asking for help binds you with that person in a unique way and ultimately brings you closer together, leaving you both happier!

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