The Learning Curve

How many times have you been told that you're never too old to learn? But how many times have you been too busy or too tired to make time to meet someone new or listen to a colleague's ideas? I can think of several instances in my own career, many of which happened when I was JCK's fashion editor. Inevitably, as I rushed around trying to get my assignments wrapped up before a big trip—Basel, Las Vegas, wherever—I'd get a phone call from someone I'd never heard of, a new designer begging for a few minutes to show me his or her work. I sometimes growled privately at the additional demands on my time, but I always smiled publicly and welcomed them in—after all, a big part my job was to find new talent. Never—not once—was I disappointed. In fact, I was usually amazed by the designers' creativity, and the experiences were so energizing that they motivated me to do my job even be
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