Meet New People Like your Life Depends On It

Your ability to learn in a given environment decreases over time. This is natural, as your knowledge and experience expands to fill your current environment, and so the only way to continue to learn and develop is to expand your environment, or more to an entirely new one.

This is the driving force behind the idea of moving careers/roles often, and continually challenging yourself to take on new responsibilities. But I think that a key element of broadening yourself is meeting new people with new perspectives, without an agenda, purely to learn. Some might call this mentorship, but I think it’s often less formal than that, and the two-way dialogue can be more beneficial to both parties. There’s also the undeniable value of disrupting your natural rhythm, going to new places, and making further connections that help you stand out from the crowd.

Some of the “Interesting meetings” I’ve had recently include:

  • A researcher from our IT thinktank
  • Members of several early start-ups
  • A consultant at one of our partner firms
  • A startup mentor and independent consultant

Making the time for coffee, some deep conversation, and maybe one or two “recommendations” (I hesitate to use the word actions). Has been fantastic for me. I’ve learned things about parts of the world I didn’t consider, been to some new places (by and large still within London), and added a number of books to me reading list.

a key element of broadening yourself is meeting new people with new perspectives, without an agenda, purely to learn

This has been a short weekend blog on personal development. Normal service will resume on Monday.