In order to successfully move forward in your goals for your business, you have to stay in constant learning mode. You can never stop learning. This does not mean that you have to go back to school and take formal courses, but you can seek ways to increase your knowledge and take steps to sharpen your skills on a regular basis.
- Make use of your waiting time: Always have material with you so that you make good use of time you spend waiting – for meetings to start, for a doctor’s appointment, at the beauty salon, at the barber’s, to pick up your children from school, waiting at the airport, to name a few.
- Turn travel time into productive time: Use your car as your mobile university. This is one of the reasons I don’t mind traveling long distances alone. I can listen to whatever I want freely without having to be concerned about imposing on other persons in the car. I keep CDs with motivational and training topics, as well as books on CDs. How about you? Traveling on an airplane is another great time to increase your knowledge.
- Keep a notepad and pen close by. As soon as you think of something you want to do more research on, write it down. It’s easy to forget and when the opportunity arises for you to search for that information, you’ve long forgotten what it was you wanted to learn more about.
I read an article in which Chris Palmer, who teaches communication at American University in Washington, was quoted as saying that your daily interactions with people provide plenty of learning opportunities. He noted that friends and colleagues are a valuable source of coaching; and they provide feedback, which prevents you from becoming isolated and arrogant.
A learning tip that I especially appreciate as it can increase your knowledge exponentially and help you reach your goals, “Be an active listener when you seek advice. Repeat what you’ve heard to make sure you got it right.”
Everyday, make an effort to do one thing to increase your knowledge, whether it’s searching the Internet for specific information (otherwise you could waste hours), reading a book – your own or from the library, or calling a friend and discussing a topic that stimulates your mind and boost your learning at the same time.
Would you like to get more information on how to motivate yourself and move toward your goal by increasing your knowledge daily? I invite you to read Tom Connellan’s “The 1% Solution for Work and Life“.