Leverage Network for Strategic Learning

There’s a book I read once about creating systems that stuck with me. The author wasn’t just some lone genius; he built his success by leveraging the expertise within his network. He started a podcast where he’d chat with folks who knew things he didn’t. 1

Each episode was like mining for gold in the hills of human experience and knowledge. He created a system for his learning.

This got me thinking about the untapped potential in our networks. Everyone you know knows something you don’t—imagine the possibilities if you could harness that collective wisdom.

What you need to do is transform your network from a mere social circle into a powerful learning engine. You don’t need to know everything yourself; you just need to know how to access the information through the people around you.

The problem many of us face is that we try to go it alone. We spend countless hours trying to master every detail, every skill. But this approach is like trying to fill a bathtub with a teaspoon; it’s slow, and frankly, it’s exhausting.

Learning isnt a solo journey. It’s a team sport. The smartest people aren’t those with all the answers; they’re the ones who know how to benefit from the expertise and insights of others. They create systems that allow them to learn from the collective intelligence of their networks.

The shift required is simple but profound: start seeing every person in your network as a potential teacher or mentor. Whether it’s through formal interviews, casual conversations, or collaborative projects, every interaction is an opportunity to learn.

Begin today.

Make a list of the people in your network who possess knowledge or skills that you lack but need. Reach out to them with a specific question or invite them to share their insights on a podcast, in a blog post, or over coffee.

Be genuine in your interest and open about your intentions to learn from them. Then, consider how you might give back to them in exchange, creating a mutual learning relationship. 

Also, think about starting a project where you systematically gather and apply the knowledge from your network—like a podcast or a series of guest blogs. Not only will this broaden your learning, but it will also strengthen your connections.

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  1. The book’s title is Systemology. You can learn more about it here. ↩︎


  1. Building your network can 10x your learning. Here’s how to do it.

    First, be open to meeting new people. Attend events, join clubs, and participate in online forums. Each new connection brings fresh ideas and insights.

    Second, ask questions. When you meet someone new, show genuine interest in their work and experiences. People love to share their knowledge, and you’ll learn a lot from their stories.

    Third, stay in touch. Follow up with your connections regularly. Share articles, comment on their posts, and invite them to events. This keeps the relationship strong.

    Lastly, give back. Share your own knowledge and help others when you can. A strong network is built on mutual support, and by helping others, you’ll find they’re eager to help you too.

    Follow these steps, and you’ll see your learning grow exponentially through a rich network of connections.