Tip 76: Learn from friends

'Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.' Anaïs Nin

I love this quote from Anaïs! Yes, friends have the potential to open up completely new worlds. Apart from all the similarities, they grew up in a different family than you did, they had different friends before they met you, they made other experiences in life, they learned a different skill set and so on. We often don't use these worlds consciously enough, though.

Initially, in an attempt to get to know a new person, you start asking questions and giving information about yourself. The longer you know each other, the fewer questions you ask about the other persons hidden interests. You somehow suppose that you know the person well enough so that conversation is often restricted to small talk and an exchange about daily life topics.