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I’ve been running my business for 4 years now, and it’s been a very interesting journey. Every year I’ve improved my profits, and every year I’ve learned more. I’ve had to adapt to changes in government funding, I’ve had to stay up to date with all the new marketing methods, and I’ve had to work hard to get new clients. In short, I’m a small business owner, just like you. And I’ve just come back from a great business coaching course that has inspired me. You might think I’d already done all the coaching courses you could do, and combined with my degree in business, I wouldn’t need to keep learning, but that’s exactly the point of this post: if you want to be the best, you have to invest in the best. If you want to improve, you have to be open to learn new things, change your mindset and take massive action.

Here are just 2 nuggets I picked up this week that I’d like to share with you all.

Anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly

This comes from Keith Cunningham, a hugely successful business man who’s made and lost millions, and then made them again. He argues that most people only want to do things they’re good at, but they forget that in order to be good at something, you have to learn it first. And when you just start, you’re probably not good at it. But if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing it poorly in the beginning, not give up, and eventually get good at it.

Academic v. Entrepreneurial mindset

There is a substantial difference between people who think academically and those with an entrepreneurial mindset, and here’s what it is:

The academic mindset is that in order for you to do anything, you have to learn everything.

The entrepreneurial mindset is that in order for you to learn anything, you need to do something.

This is all about taking action so that you will learn. But too many people are afraid to fail, so they think they first have to learn everything (or have everything prepared) in order to get started. However, continuous learning comes as much from doing, as it does from courses, books and degrees.

So the most important lesson I took from this week that you just have to get started and learn from your mistakes as you go along. That’s the best way to get success quickly.

What do you think?


One Response to Keep on learning

  1. Marijke November 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Inderdaad, je leert niet beter/sneller dan door het te doen. Of het nou gaat over iets groots als voor jezelf beginnen of gewoon een nieuwe hobby. En als je dan ook nog nieuwe mensen ontmoet, kun je ervaringen uitwisselen en voor je het weet rol je van het een in het ander.

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