If we always have the mindset that “I can learn something new from every person I encounter” then it opens us up to incredible possibilities.
We go into each conversation, with each connection, as a curious learner.
The need to be the “smartest person” in the room goes away.
So does the ego.
The thought of “winning” isn’t necessary any longer.
All we are left with is open and honest dialogue.
We can question and prod.
We can listen and soak everything in.
No agenda. No alterier motives.
We become a learner first and the rest works out how it works out.
Most likely, we come away with more information and more respect from the other party than we’ve ever had before.