Hello SOTGC community,
Are you constantly looking for ways to increase your knowledge about your industry and add to your skill set? As an entrepreneur and a leader, our businesses can only go as far as our skills will allow, so it is imperative that we prioritize adding to both our knowledge and abilities.
One of the best ways to do this is to make it a daily habit. Does this sound like too much? For many people, it probably does. But this doesn’t have to be the case. There’s no reason to bite off more than you can chew, and you certainly don’t want to put your business on the back burner.
Certainly, no one feels like they have too much time in the day. And, chances are, you aren’t getting enough sleep as it is, so waking up earlier may not be a viable option. All this means is that you need to be creative in order to find ways to shave off a few minutes here and there to learn about your passion and your industry! It’s worth it to make that commitment. If you can commit to daily, focused tasks, someday down the line you may find that you’re an expert in your field. Let’s break it down into two steps.
1) Narrow down your focus
What do you want to learn? Which areas of your life and business need growth? You probably already have goals written down somewhere. Dust off the old notepad or Word doc and go back over it. Narrow it down to your top five. Many experts on leadership, from John Maxwell to Warren Buffet, are proponents of sticking to five or fewer areas to focus your attention. You will max yourself out if you’re trying to improve in too many areas and eventually give up on all of them. I’ll say it again – narrow down your focus! And then put your list where you will see it every single day.
2) Start with a small commitment
This does not have to be huge. Can you find five to ten minutes a day and commit to that for each of your areas of focus? This might look like listening to a book on your commute or a lecture while you’re getting ready for work. Maybe it’s shortening your lunch by five minutes to sneak in a little research online. Skip your favorite news site and enjoy your morning coffee while writing 250 words.
If you start with achievable goals and write them down, you’re far more likely to stick with it. Once you feel like you have a handle on it, you can always increase your time commitment. Like I said, be creative! This doesn’t mean cutting back from essentials like sleep, health, or family. That’s just not worth it. But finding little ways to improve and add value will absolutely add up.
Warren Buffett’s 5-Step Process For Prioritizing True Success, Scott Dinsmore