Have you ever tried to learn a new skill only to find out it takes forever? Knowledge is powerful when it comes to business, but this isn’t the Matrix and we can’t just plug-in to a computer and upload knowledge straight to our brains.
Unfortunately, this is a big roadblock for just about every entrepreneur on the planet. When we set out to learn new skills or information, the sheer volume of topics can quickly overwhelm us. Sometimes it’s really hard to know where to start!
For instance, as a home-business owner, you might need to learn how to make a blog, how to run advertisements, how to shoot video, how to record sound, how to build a website, or any number of things you’ve never done before.
What’s worse is that each one of these has subcategories of knowledge that you need to learn before you can even start working on them! That means it can be really tough to get going.
So, where do you get started, and how can you speed up the learning curve. How do you avoid being crushed with information overload?
It starts with deciding what you need to know right now. What is most important for your most immediate goal? You need to get specific, or else you’ll wind up drained, and exhausted.
So, you start by narrowing the focus and figuring out what you need to learn right now to take the very next step in your business. When you figure it out, forget the rest. You can return to them later.
It all starts with the fundamentals. You’ve got to build a strong foundation. Start by asking yourself what exactly you want to learn.
Figure out your goals, and then start building your learning path. Don’t even think about starting until you have a clear idea of your objectives. This only leads to failure.
The second thing to do is to always learn from the pros. Always learn from experts in their field. This will save you thousands of hours of time.
Experts are experts because they’ve already figured out what works and what doesn’t. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel.
Most of the time, all you have to do is ask. If you can’t get him in person, then check to see if he offers an online course. Also, check to see if he’s published any books on the subject.
Okay, so you know to get specific, and you know to learn from experts. Now you’re learning fast. But how do you retain that information? The answer is that you have to act on it.
When it comes to new information, you either use it or lose it. When you learn a new skill or new information, don’t try to learn it all at once. Just work on learning one piece at a time.
Take notes. Then find ways to utilize what you’ve learned in the real world. This will help you retain it a lot faster.
Small successes can be easy to forget, but when you’re learning new skills, you’re going to have failures.
We almost always remember failures, so this is one of the fastest and most effective ways to learn. It’s also why so many successful business people shout the advice to, “Start failing now!”
There’s one final element to this little learning puzzle. When you implement this last part you’ll learn faster than ever before. Once you’ve learned a skill, and once you’ve used it, now you need to teach it to other people.
By teaching others you force your brain to think about the information in new ways. This accelerates your learning by light-years.
Soon you’ll have more knowledge than you know what to do with, and other people will be buying your courses!