By having a natural curiosity to learn more, never ceasing to learn, and sharing that knowledge to the benefit of others, you can bring true value to the relationships you build.
You could say I am an Infovore. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/infovore My tag line has become “Never Stop Learning and Stay Curious My Friends” it’s kind of a take from the “Most Interesting Man” persona created by Dos Equis. It is difficult to be Interesting if you have no Curiosity! My goal is to connect like minds together, so each can walk away in a better position than they came into the relationship.
I have found you can craft this broad array of knowledge into many interesting Stories, as well as Creative Solutions. I have also found this mindset can free you from the limitation your existing paradigms create for you. Some think this approach would bore them to death or is a waste of time. What they are missing is How to Apply the Knowledge in their lives and to the lives of those they interact with every day. It’s all about the Story, and Stories are created from a large pool of Experiences and Knowledge. It’s also an Attitude…
The Two Travelers and the Farmer
A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Eager to rest his feet, the wanderer hailed the countryman, who seemed happy enough to straighten his back and talk for a moment.
“What sort of people live in the next town?” asked the stranger.
“What were the people like where you’ve come from?” replied the farmer, answering the question with another question.
“They were a bad lot. Troublemakers all, and lazy too. The most selfish people in the world, and not a one of them to be trusted. I’m happy to be leaving the scoundrels.”
“Is that so?” replied the old farmer. “Well, I’m afraid that you’ll find the same sort in the next town.
Disappointed, the traveler trudged on his way, and the farmer returned to his work.
Some time later another stranger, coming from the same direction, hailed the farmer, and they stopped to talk. “What sort of people live in the next town?” he asked.
“What were the people like where you’ve come from?” replied the farmer once again.
“They were the best people in the world. Hard working, honest, and friendly. I’m sorry to be leaving them.”
“Fear not,” said the farmer. “You’ll find the same sort in the next town.”