A valuable lesson I was taught early on is that everybody has one lesson to teach you. If you approach all the people you meet with an “empty glass” approach, you’ll be more likely to walk away with useful information or a perspective that you otherwise wouldn’t have had.
Working in a multidisciplinary field like coaching, I interface with a tremendous amount of people from athletes, coaches, volunteer interns, professors, administrators, and more. Every single person I come across had something to share with me. Some lessons are refreshers; others are advanced courses that require me to take mental notes.
Nobody is too big or too small to be able to contribute to your education. The only person stopping the transfer of information from somebody else to you – is you.