Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo ~
Want to know a common habit among successful entrepreneurs?
They keep learning new skills, so for them the ladder of growth is never out of sight.
Most of us do the same too without knowing we’re doing that.
5 factors differentiate successful entrepreneurs from others –
- They usually know what skills they want to learn since they focus on what exactly eludes them to reach a goal.
- They are good networkers. They enjoy the advantage of seeking and getting valuable tips from one another.
- They usually have the good habit of note-taking, which gives them the edge to make good judgment at the right time.
- They do not hesitate to put into practice what they learn without delay.
- As a result they can quickly identify what skill they still lack in a given circumstance.
And the cycle repeats.
More often than not, your failure or success, or more to the point, the state of your mind determines what you want to learn.Almost always, the state of your mind determines what you want to learn. Click To Tweet
If you’re enjoying success in career and life, you can focus on picking up the right skills you need.
With those words, here are 7 little-known simple pointers which I believe can be of help.
1. Learn what you’ll practice.
Let me quote Jo Handelsman of University of Wisconsin, Madison –
People learn best when they can apply knowledge to a practical situation immediately.
This is important.
Suppose you want to put out online ads, and you’re considering studying a course on mastering AdWords and another on Facebook ads.
You plan to learn both, but inside you, you’re nearly convinced that Facebook ads is ideal for you.
If that is so, abandon the idea of learning AdWords now.You probably do not learn a skill now which you'll need 3 months later. Click To Tweet
2. Avoid costly courses.
Many a time, the cost of a course is very high because the course author has made a name for herself or himself.
The course teacher will promise you loads of money, and will ask you to commit good deal of time to do what he instructs.
It’ll be like stopping all your other works, as if you’ve nothing else to do.
Can you afford that?
Even as the high-priced course fast draws to a close, you are struck with panic to complete the lessons.
Meanwhile, the course author has moved on, so expect very little help other than some useless forum discussions.
Avoid costly courses unless you’re confident about achieving the end outcome.Mostly, costly online courses take away more from you than they give. Click To Tweet
3. Learn whatever else, but learn selling.
A science teacher of repute who I know personally, was eager that his son and daughter learn marketing and selling.
He made money through private tuition, and was convinced that the art of selling must be taught in all schools.
4. Did you check out Amazon bookstore?
Rest assured, there isn’t a skill you want to learn that doesn’t have some books on Amazon.
Many bigtime coaches have their favorite authors and books. They too write books after they earn some fame.
Read all the reviews, then decide the ones you wanna read. This can turn out as a great decision.Reading books can be the cheapest and best decision to learn new skills. Click To Tweet
5. Find academies for freelancing skills.
Want to learn writing skills?
6. Teach what you learn.
Studies have found that when we learn with the intention to teach, we break the material down into simple, understandable chunks for ourselves.
It’s not that you should start a learning center to do this, just write regular tutorials in your blog, or make tutorial videos on YouTube. You may be in for a pleasant surprise on your progress.Teach, and you will learn faster. #teachertips #elearning Click To Tweet
7. Get a mentor.
Experts in a field have seen it all. They’ve been through the same pain of learning as you are, now.
If you get truly helpful mentors, you may find them share their knowledge and creativity with you generously.