The Importance of Continued Learning for an Entrepreneur

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In today’s society, there are countless reasons for people to start their own businesses. Some do it to follow their dream of working for themselves, not having someone tell them what to do and how to do it when they have their own ideas of how the work should be structured. Others want to start a business because starting something on their own is the only way they’ll ever have the flexibility and freedom they want or need. For others, it’s the belief that they have a new idea that could make people’s lives better and make them money at the same time. They want to make a mark that is bigger than themselves. Regardless of your reason for starting your own business, you need to invest in continued learning if your venture is to succeed in the long run.

Whatever your reason, there’s a lot to learn if you want a successful venture in a world where up to 85% of new ventures don’t make it past the first five years. In the beginning, you’ll wear many hats since you can’t afford to hire all the skills you need and you’ll have to do things you aren’t familiar with. But, even once your venture matures to the point where you can hire specialists for things like accounting, finance, and HR, you’ll still want to keep your skills sharp with continued learning. This ensures you ask the right questions of your specialists and understand the implications of the tactics they recommend. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons that continued learning is crucial to an entrepreneur.

Education keeps things interesting

Education is easier to access than it has ever been before. Find Top Custom eLearning Content Providers to explore some options that meet your unique educational needs. Continued education is needed, even if you’ve been running your business for a long time because it keeps things interesting. You’ll learn new ways of doing things, meet new people, and find new ways to enjoy your work. Education keeps things from getting boring, gives you new motivation to drive your business, and helps keep everyday activities fresh. 

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Stay up to date

Today’s world moves fast. Even if you graduated last year, in some industries, your knowledge is already out of date. And, if you’ve been out of school for some time, you’ll need to understand new ways of doing things, gain perspective from new techniques and technologies. This means continued learning both within your subject domain and from businesses in general.

But, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend your life at school. Learn from people that you work with, network with broad ranges of people, do your own research, and never make the mistake of thinking that you know it all. Don’t let your business get trapped in the false security of how things have always been done.

Continued learning gives you options

Few entrepreneurs hit on success straight away and even the rare entrepreneur who hits on all cylinders the first time out of the gate needs to keep learning to ensure their business stays at the cutting edge. And, if you didn’t succeed in your first attempt, you should try different businesses and ideas. Experiment with what you can do to make the next venture a success. It’s common to have a few failures before you hit on the one that works. Einstein tried thousands of different metals before he hit on the right one to turn electricity into light and Henry Ford fails multiple times before forming Ford Motor Company. If you were to interview them on what was behind their success, they’ll tell you they learned the ways NOT to build a business or a light bulb; they didn’t fail.

Continued learning means that you’ve always got options, not just when it comes to pushing your business forward, but also if you ever wanted to make some bold changes to your business to take it to the next level.

Stay grounded

Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of getting carried away with their success. They have a good period, and they think that they’ve made it. They become arrogant and start to believe that they know more than anyone else.

That’s often when it all goes off the rails. Things change and the successful entrepreneur is humble enough to accept that their original way of operating the business may need to change as consumer tastes change or as technology changes. Look at Kodak, which once owned the film market. What the world changed to digital, Kodak failed to modernize for fear that it would cannibalize its existing markets. But, eventually, no one wanted film anymore and rather than hurting film sales by investing in digital, Kodak nearly folded.

Continue to learn, and you’ll never think yourself better than anyone. You’ll always be aware that there is plenty that you don’t know, and you’ll always be seeking ways to improve.

You’ll be a better teacher

Whether you employ one assistant, a small team, or offices filled with people, they will all need to learn, and you’ll want to be the person that teaches them. The best teachers are often people whose minds are open to learning and have a thirst for information.

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