How do successful entrepreneurs learn new skills?
Is there a magic in the way they learn new skills?
What makes their learning so special?
Well, here is the BIG difference between their learning and our learning -
But that's the truth.
This happens because in our subconscious mind we know we need to learn new skills to remain in the reckoning, but we're unable to filter out the non-priorities.
That brings me to the famous Stuart Aken saying -
Inspiration fires you up, motivation keeps you burning..
Essentially, there are 5 factors that 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.
If you judge yourself with a critical eye, you'll realize that more often than not, your failure or success, or more to the point, the state of your mind determines what you want to learn.
So, if you’re enjoying success in career and life, you will be able to focus on picking up the right skills you need.
Which is why, as Anthony J. D’Angelo said, you must develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
For me, it's always educational to know the secret traits of successful entrepreneurs as to what prompts them to learn new skills. And why, if you ask me, (I feel) they are worth emulating.
Here are 7 little-known clues to how you too can learn new skills to boost your career or business.
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.
2. 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.
Books are cheap, they give deep insights, and you can carry them wherever you go on your mobile device.
Many bigtime coaches have their favorite authors and books. They too write books after they earn some fame.
3. Find academies to learn new skills.
Hunt on YouTube, find excellent tutorials on almost any topic.
For any skill on coding, go to the free Codeacademy, get inspired by the stories on how ordinary people changed their lives through coding.
Want to learn content skills?
4. Learn whatever else, but learn selling.
If there is one skill you must learn, it’s the art of marketing and selling.
A science teacher of repute who I know personally, was eager that his son and daughter learn marketing and selling.
He also feels that communication skills, and skills like public speaking and decision making are equally important to shine in life.
5. 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.
And despite your best efforts, all that you achieve from the costly course is an unfinished work, like a bone stuck in the throat.
Meanwhile, the course author has moved on, so expect very little help other than some useless forum discussions.
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.
Teaching kind of forces us to critically and thoroughly examine the topic, and that helps us to understand it better.
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.
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.
Be ‘open’ to reaching out and connecting with a mentor, the outcome can be the most rewarding out of all the options I mentioned above.
- Learning to do new things is part of our growing and survival. People do this all the time.
- However, the best learning happens when it solves a problem you’re already facing.
- Be judicious on what to learn now.
- Avoid paying large course fees if you are not fully confident of recovering at least that amount.
- Start teaching yourself, it will help you know the outcome of your learning.