Our great forefather, Abraham Lincoln once said, “I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” What this means is that as a baby boomer entrepreneur, it’s essential to continuously build your base of knowledge and skills.
However, lifelong learning also encompasses, staying open to new approaches and fresh ways of seeing business ideas.
The great French writer, Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”
In other words, baby boomer entrepreneurs can never stop learning either via formal methods such as training, counseling, tutoring, mentorship, etc. or informal practices which include experiences, or situations that come your way. When you stay open to business opportunities, especially work from home opportunities, you’ll easily recognize that there’s invariably something, somewhere, new to learn.
However, squeezing into an already hectic schedule, time to learn anything that isn’t critical, challenges the best of us. What this means is that if you want to continue to enrich and improve your life, you must make learning a top priority, and a habit in your daily routine.
Here are three simple and easy ways to do that:
1. Pinpoint an interest
Find something that interests you, and that you want to learn more about, and that can help your home-based business, such as online marketing, how to write effective advertising copy, how to ask high yielding questions, or whatever appeals to your curiosity. If you enjoy reading, pick up a book on the subject. If you prefer visual or auditory learning, tune into a webinar, listen to a recording, or attend classes. What’s important is to dedicate a specified time period every day, or every week to your learning.
2. Put it into practice
As soon as you can, put your new learning into practice. The quicker you do this the sooner it becomes part of your skill base. Even if you don’t get it right the first, second, or even third time, keep going. “Practice makes perfect,” as the old saying goes. The more you do something, the easier it becomes, and the sooner you can reap the benefits from your home-based business.
3. Coach others
An excellent way to instill, and solidify any new learning is to teach it to others. Not only does it ingrain the information into your brain, it also helps to clarify it. When you can clearly and concisely convey the information to others, you know that it’s now become an addition to your capabilities. Write a blog post, an article, or coach or mentor others.
However, this is just the beginning. You need to constantly stay tuned to any new information being generated in this subject matter. Or perhaps, you could be the one to add to what’s currently available.
Make learning a priority and find time every day, even if it’s only fifteen minutes, to grasp something new and exciting. Then find a way to incorporate that gem into your work from home business.
Lifelong learning is a habit, one that requires enthusiasm, determination, and the willingness to want to do it,, and improve your home-based business. Remember, “if you’re not ripening, you’re rotting.”