When Did You Last Take the Time to Learn a New Skill?
By Julie Atkins
I received an email today from one of the very few lists I subscribe to, which talked about the skills we acquire to move our online business forward and it got me thinking. So ….. when was the last time YOU took the time to learn a new skill?
Since beginning my online journey over a year ago, I’ve learnt so many things, it makes my head spin when I think about it! From creating my very first webpage from scratch, to learning about html, autoresponders, WordPress, video marketing, Facebook, Twitter, Camtasia … the list is endless but looking back now, I often give myself a small pat on the back. Why? Well, not for any narcissistic reason but because it’s a well-known fact that the majority of people who start out online never get past the first hurdles, they just give up and I’ve proved it can be done ….
Two points were highlighted on this email, two things which should come as natural each day as breathing:
1. Do something to build your business
2. Learn a new skill
As someone who tries hard to follow this mantra, I know how important it is to achieve this each and every day. The “doing something to build your business” might be implementing some new strategies, it might be some work to an ongoing project or it could encompass lots of small tasks which make up the running of your online business.
Learning a new skill every day might sometimes feel too huge a task, but look at each day as a new learning curve and see where it takes you. I also know how difficult it can be sometimes – life gets in the way andyour well-laid plans can fall apart so easily. If they do, don’t panic, don’t beat yourself up about it, simply decide to get onto it at the very next available opportunity. We’re human and things don’t always go to plan!
As well as these daily tasks, why not also pick something which you’ve been hankering to learn for a while and then get stuck into it? Master it, don’t just dabble your feet at the edges – dive right in!
The sense of achievement you’ll feel when you’re able to implement what you’ve learnt into your online business is priceless.
Your comments are always welcome