Some of Entrepreneur Magazine’s contributors recently offered their favorite tips for success. One quoted Richard Branson, who says his biggest motivation is to keep challenging himself. He treats life like one long university education where he can learn more every day.
I love this. I get bored so easily. Many business owners think being bored is simply a byproduct of work. Not necessarily!
Learning is growth. You should read every day, and when something strikes your fancy — such as new and exciting technologies or systems for small businesses — do a little research, and learn something. It will keep you alert, and it could help your bottom line.
Tonight, as I was taking photos to list some of my costume jewelry, I was challenged by a number of issues. First of all, I haven’t listed anything other than voiceovers and scripts for a couple of years. The listing forms have changed; the rules have changed; and I found the photography challenging. One listing disappeared completely before I had a chance to list it, the wrong store categories showed up in my previews and more. After I figured it all out, with advice on a few issues, I had them done. It occurred to me that successful entrepreneurs do not quit during a learning mode. This is when the most excitement happens. They are fascinated by the process and learning to do it right. So keep on learning and growing. The excitement you feel with each new accomplishment is what keeps your business growing.
As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to become caught up in the day-to-day details of running your business. But don’t become so busy that you don’t have time for professional development. Sign up for that webinar; go to that conference; keep up with those blog posts, Facebook pages and other valuable content. That investment in yourself will pay off.
Definition of humility: modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc. Lack of humility, above all else, holds people back when trying to grow a business. It takes humility to learn from others, because first you must admit you don’t know it all. We need to watch others who are successful and learn from them. Some of us are too embarrassed to ask for advice or help, because we’re afraid it will make us look weak. Your success depends on ridding yourself of this notion. Reading books that others have written about a given subject is a good start, and don’t be afraid to ask questions on forums and boards and/or at networking events. You’ll be the richer for it.