Successful people have a thirst for knowledge. They want to know the latest data and facts. Some people strive to become more successful but they think they know it all. That’s the surest sign of someone who will never actually become successful. The most successful people in the world know that they don’t know everything. They never stop learning.
Absorb Knowledge in a Variety of Ways
You can’t just learn from one person or in one way. Seek out knowledge, data, and information from a variety of places. If you want to become truly successful, then you need to develop a thirst for knowledge. Read books, attend webinars, attend seminars, and find a mentor or coach. Subscribe to an alerts service on the web (like Google alerts, Textwalker, or Mention) to be informed of the latest news and blog posts in your area of Interest. Use scholar.google.com to find relevant research studies.
This will help you become very well rounded. In my book, Unlock the Creator in You!, I teach the importance of filling your mind with new information. The more input you have, the more creative and innovative you’ll be. Learn from those who have a different perspective than you have. It’s fun and exciting because it’s very well known that the most successful people are also the most creative and innovative. They zig while everyone else is zagging. That’s the way you need to be.
I completely understand how difficult it can be to fit this kind of learning in. You’re working so hard on your business and you have so much going on in your home life that it seems next to impossible. I assure you, it’s not. There are some great, easy ways you can absorb new information without taking away from anything you need or want to do.
First, you have to schedule it in. You likely don’t have time during the workday. Maybe set aside 30-60 minutes each evening dedicated to catching up on the latest information and learning things that are going to help move your business forward.
It can also be very helpful to learn how to speed-read. There are some interesting studies on how speed-readers actually absorb and learn more than those who read word for word.
Also, just because the book in front of you has 500 pages doesn’t mean you need to read every word or every page in that book. It’s completely fine to be selective. Maybe not every chapter applies to you. Maybe you have a specific need right now. It’s fine to focus on those things— it’s more beneficial, actually.
Be Selective About What You Learn
That doesn’t mean you should buy every book and product that comes your way. For one thing, you don’t have enough time to read everything you come across. For another thing, it can be distracting to focus on information that doesn’t directly contribute to your goals.
Are you someone who frequently tends to buy into a new marketing course or method? If so, you’re stuck in learning mode. There’s a difference between learning new information that will help you run your business better. You’ll never get ahead if you’re always buying the next bright shiny object.
You have to be selective. If your business model is helping offline businesses advertise online, why would you buy a new book on how to promote products as an affiliate on Amazon? Then why would you buy a book the next week on making it big as a Kindle author?
Sure, it’s great to have multiple streams of income but you’ll never get there if you don’t follow through with one business model first. Once you have a solid handle on one income stream you can start in on other income streams.
It’s also very important to trust those you’re learning from. There are unfortunately some marketers and business people who only create products to make a buck. They don’t practice what they preach and they don’t know what they’re talking about. Make sure those you look up to walk the walk. That’s one reason so many in my Earn 1K A Day forum are grateful to be members— I’ve been very open about my ups and downs and I freely share information that can help them. There are many active members that share great information even when they truly have nothing to gain from it.
You have so much going on in your life that you have to be selective about what you do. Learn from the very best and learn in a variety of ways and you’ll be well on your way to becoming even more successful.