“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese proverb
The late Steve Jobs once said, “Learn continuously – there’s always ‘one more thing’ to learn!”
He is absolutely right. As an entrepreneur, you will discover that there is no end to the learning process. Just when you think you have mastered one concept, you will realize that within a short while the marketplace has shifted, and your knowledge is lagging.
You will need to learn new skills and practices and adapt to stay competitive and on the cutting edge of things in your industry. It is a never-ending process.
Never ever believe that you have learned it all. Always be willing to learn and look at yourself as a student, not an expert – no matter how good you are. When you are green, you grow. When you are ripe, you rot. Best to stay green.
It goes without saying that the learning process takes time. Yet, money loves speed. So, for you to succeed, it is best that you learn fast. Technology and innovation move so fast these days that if you do not learn fast, by the time you learn one thing, it might already be obsolete or less effective.
Let’s see how you can speed up the learning process
- Focus on one thing at a time
It may seem like multi-tasking and learning several different concepts at once will save you time. Nothing could be further from the truth.
When you scatter your efforts over different projects, it will take you longer to make headway. Focus on just one skill/subject at a time. You will master it faster.
- Consistency is key
Spending 15 minutes a day, every single day is better than learning for 2 hours on the weekend. This applies to practice/training your skills and so on. Daily effort will yield better results and you will learn faster.
- Break it down
Difficult skills and subjects should be broken down into smaller, more manageable chunks. When you adopt a gradual, systematic approach to learning, you will actually learn things faster.
Another point to note is that it is better to keep your learning sessions short. You may wish to have multiple sessions spread throughout the day. It has been shown that shorter focused sessions are better for retention, and you will be less tired too.
- Be a teacher
Once you learn a concept, imagine yourself to be a teacher in a classroom. Now explain that concept to your imaginary students. By teaching your invisible students, you will actually learn the topic faster.
If it is a skill, imagine demonstrating it to others and explaining the process. This will help you to focus on the task at hand and sear the process into your mind.
- Focus on what matters
When it comes to learning, you will never be short of theory to learn. Just look back on the amount of information you were forced to learn back in school. Most of which you will never use now.
Now that you are an adult, no one can compel you to learn unnecessary trivia. Whatever you learn should serve you in your business. So, learn the important concepts and test them out.
When you have time, you can look at the other information. But during the learning process, focus on the material you need to advance your goals.
- Track your progress
Finally, remember to test yourself on what you learn. Keep a journal where you record your progress and ensure that learning is part of your daily routine.
You may want to keep a little calendar in the journal to check off each day whenever you complete your learning session. This will encourage compliance and you will be more likely to stay on track.
During the learning process, it is inevitable to make mistakes and errors. That is fine. Just remember to make notes in your journal as to what went wrong and what you needed to correct. This will serve as a handy reference later and you will get better at what you are doing as you correct your mistakes.
Apply the pointers in this article and you will speed up the learning process considerably. You cannot avoid learning if you wish to be successful in business. So, you might as well get good at it.