As the old expression goes, it’s not what you know; it’s who you know. While this mostly refers to the process of creating connections and networks which will be beneficial in one’s career, it can also mean that the people around you all have something to offer. Being open to learning from others is important, whether that source is a teacher, a friend or colleague, or a fellow classmate.

Throughout your entire career, you will come across individuals who have more to offer than meets the eye. It’s important to be receptive to new people and establish connections. Even if you already have a good job, the potential to improve is always there.

Earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is an excellent way to advance your career while developing knowledge, experience and a vast network of colleagues, peers and mentors. Plus, with the flexibility of the online MBA program from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC), you can continue working and building your professional network while earning your degree, opening the door to even more learning opportunities.

Don’t Let Pride Stand in Your Way

Don't be afraid to learn from othersPride can be both a blessing and a curse. When it comes to higher learning, pride should be left at the door whenever possible. Be humble, be open, and you will advance quickly. Working toward an MBA already demonstrates your achievement, but don’t let that stand in your way of achieving even more. Remember, there is always someone better than you — someone that can help you grow and learn. That’s not meant to discourage but rather, to inspire. Adding people you can learn from to the “who you know” collection — and truly listening to them — will move your life and career forward.

Keep an Open Mind

Valuable life lessons can come from unexpected places. By keeping an open mind and being receptive to new people and ideas, you can open yourself up to a whole world of learning and growth. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and always be open to learning from others.

Recognize Your Own Strengths and Weaknesses

When working in a high-paced learning environment, it’s important to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses. This sort of self-reflection can be difficult for some, but the self-awareness it fosters is an important part of the learning process and critical to effective leadership on the job. By identifying your strengths and weaknesses, you can focus your energy on the right places. Being self-aware also helps when working with others. While in the process of earning an MBA, you will often be paired with others for group projects. Knowing your own skill set will help you work efficiently with others.

Throughout your academic and professional career, always remember the importance of learning from others. Keep in mind that you can learn from many people in your life, not just from traditional sources like professors and superiors. Co-workers, clients, even friends and family can all be tremendous sources of knowledge. Remember that, and you will go far in life!

Learn more about TAMU-CC’s online MBA program.