I first heard the term Meme Debt from Aaron Potts. I don’t know if he coined the term, but I love it, and it definitely applies to me right now!
With three more memes in the hopper, I’m just now getting to Adam Kayce’s excellent meme, What’s Your Learning Edge?
When I read his post, I had a visceral reaction. The clarity and laser focused quality of his challenge opened the door to some deep personal reflection.
Here is Adam’s challenge:
If you’re not currently pushing the envelope of your intellectual horizonsâ€¦ or if you’re feeling a staleness in your life that you wouldn’t mind giving the ol’ heave-ho toâ€¦ then I invite you to pick something that you’ve always been curious about, and dive into it with all the passion of a two-year-old on a playground.
I love that! But I have one little problem with the specifics of that challenge. I’ve never had a problem pushing the envelope of my intellectual horizons. Learning, seeking knowledge, wanting to understand things has always been a passion and a joy for me.
And, admittedly, it’s also been a bit of an escape for me as well.
During my younger days, I could have been (and probably was more than a few times) called a “know it all.” I did know quite a bit, and when something crossed my path that was unknown to me I went out and learned about it.
I remember an incident back in the mid-80s, when I worked in the video production department of a large life insurance company (can you believe it?). I once caused the department secretary to literally jump up and down and and gleefully shout to the world she knew something I didn’t.
I realized then that I had a bit of a problem.
“Hello, I’m Edward Mills and I’m a Know it all!!!”
Well, since then, I’ve relaxed quite a bit. Although I still love learning I’m not quite so invested in needing to know everything!
So in response to Adam’s challenge, I could certainly find a number of different topics to dive into with the most likely winner being a deeper exploration of Systems Theory.
However, if I am to be honest with myself, and with you, that would not push any “edge” for me.
When I consider the visceral nature of the reaction I had to Adam’s post the first time I read it, I must acknowledge that my learning edge is not attached to my intellectual horizons.
So, Adam, I hope you don’t mind that I’m going to stray just a bit from the specifics of your challenge.
The learning edge I am going to push has to do with Creating and Sustaining Relationships.
My presence here in the blogosphere has pointed out one of my core weaknesses – or rather, one of the areas where I have a prime opportunity to grow!
When I look back through my relatively short blogging history I see that it is littered with budding relationships that I have allowed to fizzle out. (Yes, I acknowledge that it takes two to tango, or not, as the case may be).
You might look and think that I’m a pretty good connector, but my blogging past – not to mention my life before blogging – is littered with connections that have faded.
My learning edge has to do with learning how to sustain relationships. And the blogosphere is a great medium for this lesson.
There are many great resources and role models out there for me to learn from. Adam is certainly doing a great job! And I consider Dawud and Wendy to be stellar examples of excellence in connection. I’ve also gotten truly wonderful advice from Ponn, Char, Easton, Gayla and, of course, the master connector Dan. Many thanks to all of you!
By intentionally choosing to “hang out” with more “connectors” I will push my edge and learn how to more fully and effectively participate in the growing conversation that we are creating here in the blogosphere.
But I’m also going to reach out beyond the confines of the blogosphere and push my edge by deepening connections in the “real world!”
It’s certainly no coincidence that I won the book Meet and Grow Rich: How to Easily Create and Operate Your Own “Mastermind” Group for Health, Wealth, and More during Wendy’s blog birthday celebration. (I just noticed that Lisa Mills won another copy of Meet and Grow Rich. No relation but maybe a new connection!)
One of my assignments is to finish reading the book and start up a local business Mastermind group – something I’ve wanted to do for a long time!
So in the spirit of picking up some dropped balls, I’m going to tag a few old friends to find out what their learning edges are:
So here’s a question for you master connectors out there: What other books about connection and relationship building do you recommend? And what online resources do you recommend – specifically who are the blogers that best exemplify the art of connection?
And now it’s your turn. If you have a blog, go write a post about your learning edge. If you don’t have a blog, leave a comment below. What is your learning edge? What will you commit to learning with the passion of a two-year old at the playground?