There are a few different ways to learn and I try to learn from others although my skinned knees and scars (and my mother if you call and ask her) will tell a different story about my pre-disposition to taking the long way around. I have often told others that it's important to network with other successful people and learn from them. Sometimes that can be hard based on busy schedules, location, work environment, etc...and if that's the case, I highly recommend finding a blog, blogger, or website that aligns with your goals and objectives and then subscribe to follow. You don't have to agree with everything and you don't have to follow forever. It's just a nice passive way to network and align yourself with successful people (and it's usually free)!
Here are some suggestions I found at: http://shetakesontheworld.net/ (and P.S. it's my goal to be included in this list someday)