Do you Find Time to Keep Learning?

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Wow did this summer go by quickly.  In less than two weeks my oldest son will be heading to Middle School.  We're spending these last days of summer preparing for school by shopping, finishing up summer homework and trying to get him to bed at a decent hour.

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Getting him ready to go “back to school” got me to thinking about how learning is something you should never stop doing.  Especially when you're an entrepreneur!  (I love to learn anything and everything.)

Time is a precious commodity to entrepreneurs so the question becomes when do we find the time?  Here are a few tips to help you find the time to keep learning all year long.

1. Schedule time each week

Learning has to become an obsession or habit. What’s an easy way to help build a habit? Schedule it!

2. Read, Read, & Read

Find blogs, websites, and books that help you become a better person and entrepreneur.  Here are a few ideas:

Entrepreneur.com– Great site for helpful articles and interviews with some of the world’s top entrepreneurs.

Inc.com– Contains information about anything from start-ups to management.

Crush it!by Gary Vaynerchuk – Definitely a must read for anyone interested in building their personal brand.

All Business–  Covers how-to advice, analysis, and commentary from experts in all areas of business.

How To Change the World– Guy Kawasaki speaks to entrepreneurs giving eager business owners advice from his own experience, along with much-needed reality checks.

Small Biz Survival– Becky McCray, self-described “small town entrepreneur,” digs into her own successes, failures, and small-town-entrepreneur experiences.

3. Find Mentors

There is no better way to learn than from someone who has lived it.  Most people will be willing to help someone who is just starting out. They see it as a chance to save someone from making the same mistakes they did. Also, connect with entrepreneurs from many different fields and that can pick apart your business. You want them finding every hole possible. This will help you in the long run.

You don't have to contact a particular entrepreneur to have them as a mentor.  For instance…

  • Try and learn everything you can about them online.
  • Subscribe to their YouTube channel.
  • Subscribe to their RSS feed for their blogs.
  • Find and listen to every interview and speaking engagement they’ve ever done.

What do you read?  Please share your thoughts, feedbacks and recommendations.  I always appreciate it.

Thank you so much for reading!

Susan Mershon is a Technology Coach & Trainer who's passion is mentoring and training startup entrepreneurs in the technology they need to run their business.

Susan started The Techie Mentor after several of her Virtual Assistant clients asked for mentoring and training on software they use every day to run their business. She quickly realized startups and solopreneurs should at minimum have the confidence and knowledge to be self-sufficient when it comes to the technology they rely on.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I am a life long learner!  Love your article, it’s so important to open your heart to news ways of thinking , doing and being.  And with the WWW the opportunities are unlimited! 

    I love daily OM for the wide variety of courses offered. And as a voracious reader  will be checking out the books you mentioned.  I find that regardless of the genre, each book has several gems that can be applied to daily life or for a great blog article.  Even in the most likely places! 

  2. Hi Kathy – thank you so much for your comment.  I too am a life long learner and enjoy learning all different types of things.  Sometimes I surprise myself LOL.

    Enjoy your day,
    Susan