We are all capable of learning and growing. And there are unlimited possibilities of learning available at our fingertips every day (remember I said to be grateful for that?). Today, I had an awesome coffee with Tracey Burns, who is a super-wonderful executive coach and an amazing leader. We were talking about some ideas around learning and that, regardless of your opinion on the subject, you should always be trying to learn something new.
“I’m always doing that which I cannot do, in order to learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso
Often we limit ourselves because we don’t know something, or don’t have experience in it. YET. That is the word you should remember – YET.
I shot a quick video a few weeks ago to share this idea with you.
What kind of skill do you want to learn? Well check out this post from Mashable about 10 New Skills you can Learn in 6 Months for a start.
As I said, there are unlimited possibilities for topics to learn. Try some of these ideas below to learn a new skill:
- Go and refresh your mind on the science behind how reading is amazing for you.
- Download my new sales ebook and go out and apply the skills in your business to see how they work for you this month.
- Check out Hubspot’s FREE inbound marketing certification program
- Go on Udemy and take some free or paid courses
- Read my post on getting your audio and video setup for Youtube and start shooting videos for your blog
- Get out and work on your networking skills
- Visit the Learn to Blog site and take their training program
- Get started doing Webinars using Webinar Jam for WAY cheaper than anywhere else and just get in front of the camera
So many options!
This month for me, I have chosen to really dive further into the teachings of W. Edwards Deming and Systems thinking to enhance my concepts around Sales and management. I am having a blast mapping it out and testing my knowledge. Next month will be centered on psychology and influence, which I am pumped about!
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
But remember a few few days ago, I said that the goal is to take it a step at a time and not get overwhelmed. Don’t force yourself, but rather enjoy the process and get excited about the possibilities! Don’t stress that you are just getting started, either. Build upon your knowledge one piece at a time.
Make learning a part of your strategy and grow your skills each and every month, one at a time. After 12 months, you will have a pretty solid knowledge and skillset to work with. Or you can keep saying, “That’s not my job” or “I don’t know how.”
I like to say there are two kinds of people in this world:
- Those that don’t know how
- Those that don’t want to
For the ones that don’t know how, we can teach them. If they are willing to learn, they can be taught. For those that don’t want to, they get two options. Either start wanting to, or get out of the way.
I would love to hear your comments on skills you are working on learning as well as some of the pitfalls of the process. Post them below and remember to like and share this!