The Missing Practice

One practice of having a good life is to have regular conversations with people smarter than you or at least a bit ahead in some areas of life you care about.

Yet this practice is often omitted. People may think that they should start doing this, but admit that they find it hard to strike up a conversation with someone new.

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  • Books are general; conversations are specific. Books can help greatly, but they are more like an atlas, whereas you may be in need of a tour guide.
  • A lot of important knowledge cannot be written down. A conversation covers deeper information than you cannot read from a transcript. You subtly absorb attitudes, practices and beliefs that cannot be recorded in books.
  • Access matters. Opportunities are often realized through talking with other people.
  • Schedule calls with people you already know. When you meet someone, get their contact information and write a friendly email or text a week or so later. If the person responds, make an effort to keep in touch.
  • Ask for introductions. This is very helpful if you've already identified someone you'd like to learn from.
  • Reach out to like-minded people. If you want to talk to someone, simply send them an email.
  • Get comfortable with not getting a response. The imagined fear of harsh rejection seldom happens. The most common rejection is no reply at all.

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