Everyone has a story and every story is worth listening to. Listen to life stories and become a part of peoples story by listening to them.
You can learn something from everyone you meet. Some lessons are positive and some are negative; you learn what to do from some and what not to do from others. But, these lessons can only be learned from listening to others. And, by listening you deepen relationships with people, which is how God designed us and calls us to live. I listened and shared for three hours tonight with a Major whom I really didn't know well prior to tonight. But, now I have a new appreciation for him and he will remember that I care enough to listen, which will only lead to more and greater opportunity to walk with him in the future.
Take the time to listen to peoples stories. It is meaningful to them and will prove meaningful to you.