Next time you go to a party. Maybe even it’s a political party. Or a charity event. Or a dinner. Or a conference call. Or a sales meeting.
Find the most valuable, fun, creative thing you can learn as quickly as you can. The one thing that will add value to your life. Hone in on it FAST. Learn something.
Even in a sales meeting: if you learn from the customer, the customer will buy from you.
(1) Thank you Eli Hoffmann for the tip.
(2) I’m not sure how to apply James’ advice in practice. If you get something valuable from a meeting, how do you know it’s “the most valuable, fun, creative thing” you could have got? Should you leave immediately, or stay and see if you can get something better?
(3) An alternative rule: When you’re in a meeting, ask yourself if you got something genuinely valuable during the last 5 minutes. If yes, stay for another five minutes, and repeat. If no, leave.
(4) Important to note: Genuinely valuable includes “I meaningfully helped this person”. It’s not always about us.
(5) How can you apply this without being rude? What should you say as you leave?