This week, one sentence that caught my attention was this one by James Clear: “When you choose who to follow on Twitter, you are choosing your future thoughts”.
It resonated with me because I’m a huge believer in a “people-first” approach to learning. Whenever I decide to learn something new, my very first step is usually to find who knows and who cares about that topic. I try to identify the experts, the innovators, the most active/vocal community members. You could also call this a community-first approach to learning.
One thing is for sure: the more you read about a topic, the more you’ll be influenced, and the more it will change you
. Especially if you learn it from the people who care deeply about it. That’s actually why I want to read a ton of non-fiction books this year
. I expect those books to change me.
In the past, my go-to approach consisted in finding blogs covering the subject and following their RSS feeds. This immersed me in the topic and exposed me to both new and old ideas shared by those blogs.
But in fact, what matters isn’t really the blogs themselves, but rather the people behind those.
The modern version of that approach is to use Twitter, where many active members of various communities (especially the tech one) are present and active. Nowadays, I still use RSS, but I now complement it with Twitter and Twitter lists. Whenever I’m interested in a new topic, I create a list on Twitter and start tagging the people I find that have an obvious interest.
This is a great way to learn about any topic because it exposes you to both key and innovative ideas from the people who truly care.
If you want to know what I care about (at least professionally), then take a look at my Twitter lists; you might find yourself wanting to learn more ;-)