I received a one-line message a few days ago in my LinkedIn inbox:
Learn more and more from you everyday. Thank you!
I’ve been seeing a lot of these messages over the past few months–by email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and in person–which make me blush and cause me to follow-up with something like this, which I returned to the message sender:
What do you learn? Where do you learn it?
The most frequent responses include my Twitter updates or my blog.
In this case, the paraphrased response was:
Where do I begin? Seems like I run across you on most every venue preaching best practices in social media. Your comments/posts always come as timely kernels of practical information that help clarify the seemingly unlimited nuances of the medium.
I adore this language. This is meaningful to me.
But, I committed a flaw.
Looking back, I shouldn’t have asked John what he learned or Mary where she learned it. I try to live my life without regrets, so the next time someone praises me or tells me they follow me, I will follow the advice of Jeremiah Owyang and ask a new question:
How can I improve?
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