Learning is not just for children and young adults. And it doesn’t need to happen in a school (or online, as is the case for most of our students these days). Learning should be a continuous pursuit throughout our entire lives, and prioritizing learning actually becomes more important as we get older. Here’s why.
Continuous Learning Is Good for Our Brains
Continuous Learning Reduces Stress
I talk with a lot of entrepreneurs and small business owners about fear and doing things they don’t want to do, and there seems to be a common thread running through them all: fear of the unknown. We tend to fear something if we’re not very familiar with it, and that fear can lead us to avoid it, which prevents us from getting to know about it, and the cycle continues.
By focusing on continuous learning throughout our adult lives, we can reduce stress by learning about all kinds of things that used to scare us. Most of the time, we find it’s really not all that scary.
Continuous Learning Makes Us Better Business Owners
Few things are as scary as starting and running a business. There are so many different elements and moving parts, and most entrepreneurs who are just starting out have to be a kind of jack-of-all-trades, doing everything from marketing to customer service to billing, even if they’ve had little or no training in those aspects of running a business.
I always recommend hiring help whenever possible so you can focus on your genius zone instead of wasting time and energy on something that doesn’t give you joy or make you money. But even when you do hire help, you should know at least a little about the task you’re hiring them to do so you can make sure you’re hiring the right person for the job. So if you’re a business owner, you should constantly be learning new things about your business, even if you delegate certain tasks to some of your team members.
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