It was with great interest that I read Jeff Pulver’s entry in his blog this morning. It’s been making me spin on things since then. I’m still not sure that I have it right in my mind but thought that I should at least jot down my current thoughts on this.
Whether it be online or face to face, you meet all kinds of folks with all kinds of personalities. Such is the joy of the variety of people and it’s something that you can definitely celebrate. Some people rub me the right way and some people rub me the wrong way. Definitely face to face, you get more social clues about a person than you do online.
I find that my reaction is the same to both online and face to face acquaintances.
It is the person who knows everything, has no room for flexibility, when things fail blame someone else, talking in the abstract, never produces anything except opinion, … that rub me the wrong way. Perhaps it’s because I know so little that I resent these overbearing personalities. Ultimately, they will hit the wall or just run into someone more overbearing than they.
In Jeff’s post, he talks about sharing your vulnerabilities online and exposing what is probably the most human side of you online. Now, I’m sure that we don’t want to get into the act of exposing everything but, if you truly believe that you’re a life-long learner, then consider it. Think of your first day in a class in high school. Chances are, you were a clean slate, about to embark on some serious learning. Why can’t the same thing apply today, in whatever context you choose?
I believe that it’s the notion of shared learning that makes for the best of friends and relationships. Knowing that you’re all in the same life raft rowing together towards knowledge creates the best possible learning group. Perhaps leveraging each other’s vulnerabilities will yield the greatest return in terms of learning and satisfaction.
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