It has been said, that to be truly successful we must aspire to be in a constant learning mode. Knowledge is power. It is only through continual learning that we grow and understand our business and ourselves. Doctor Seuss may have said it best when he said, “The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” However, for many of us, learning can be difficult. Here is a quick lesson in how to learn to learn:
L- Look and Listen. The saying goes: the smart person learns from their mistakes, yet the wise person learns from the smart person’s mistakes. Keep your eyes open and watch other as they learn by their mistakes and experiences. What makes others successful? No sense reinventing the wheel. Duplicate the efforts of other successful people to be successful yourself. At the same time, have your ears open to listen to what people are telling you. If we truly listen, we will be able to better understand our customer’s needs, wants and goals. If we then understand, we can then deliver better results.
E – Energy and Enthusiasm. Like anything in life, the more you enjoy it, the more you will do it. If you put positive energy and have enthusiasm around learning, it will not only be easier but it will come more naturally.
A – Action. All the learning in the world won’t help you if you don’t put it into action. We are judged by our actions not our intentions. We all have different ways to learn (visual, tactile, auditory) but the best way is to roll up your sleeves and create an experience for yourself. We have all read books or been to lectures on how to be successful. So we have the knowledge. We must then put that knowledge into practice to get the full impact of the learning experience.
R – Reciprocate and Repetition. The best way to learn is to teach. Take the time to teach others whatever you are trying to learn. By going through the various steps or instructions, we train our brains. Learning also comes from repetition. We are rarely ever great at something the first time we try it. Whatever you are trying to learn, keep doing it over and over until you get it right.
N – New and Now – Try new things. Our brains are muscles. If we try new things, it forces our brain to work harder and get bigger. Depending on what new thing you are trying, you may also be working a new or different part of your brain which increases you capacity to learn. Start learning NOW. No time like the present to begin learning new things. The more we know the better off we will be.
So start learning today and be ready for great success in the future.