Monday, March 12, 2012
Jim Rohn said it best that you should "Work harder on yourself than you do on your job." The most successful people in any industry will tell you that they spent a considerable amount of time honing their skills and working on their personal development.
If you want to succeed in the networking marketing business, or as an entrepreneur in general, you must dedicate yourself to lifelong learning. Work on developing yourself for the rest of your life. There is no obstacle that you can't overcome, and no problem that you can't solve. Your mind is like a muscle, where it only develops when you use it. In other words, you have to work your mental muscles to build up your mind. The more you learn, the more you increase your capacity to learn more things. It's just like a sport – the more you play, the better you get.
Leaders are learners, and continuous learning is key to success in the 21st century. Make a decision that you will be a student in your craft, and commit to always improving yourself. First, spend about 30-60 minutes a day reading things in your field. Reading is to the mind as exercise is to body. Reading 30-60 minutes a day translates into one book per week. That totals to 50 books per year, which then totals 500 books over the next 10 years. The average adult reads less than one book per year, so you will already put yourself ahead of the crowd and have an edge in the field.
Second, if you drive to work, listen to audio programs during your commute. The average person sits for about 500-1000 hours per year in a car. This is equivalent to about one to two full time semesters at university. Turn your car into a university on wheels, and make sure there is an educational audio program playing, such as sales training or motivational CDs.
Finally, take every course or seminar that will help you become an expert in your field. Be careful of who is conducting the seminar. There are many people who claim they are gurus, so make sure they have a solid track record to back up their teachings and that they practice what they preach.
Through a combination of books, audio programs, and seminars, you will position yourself as an expert and leader in your field. This is how continuous life long learning has a positive impact on you, and unlocks the door to success.