If you observe the people who are succeeding in this new digital world of work and remarkable theories so closely, you’ll notice they have something in common. They’re fast learners and willing to adapt. Even more importantly, they go out of their way to learn what they don’t know, to gain the skills and knowledge they need. If you want to get recognition and become a person everyone wants to meet and if you want to gain skills that will help you take that next step in your career, you’ll probably have to learn those skills on your own. An increasing number of people are working for themselves or building their own companies and if you’re in this boat, you’re in charge of your own development, too.
I learned to write, which is the core of what I do now, while being a medical student. Behind the decisions to create and sell e-books, to build a blog and run social media campaigns for small businesses, I taught myself. I learned by DOING, through trial and error, by figuring it out as I went along.
There are few ways to make your self-learning better.
There’s a tutorial for EVERYTHING these days. Seriously, if you want to learn how to replace your bathroom tap, there’s a tutorial for that too. Same goes for learning how to run better. Learn to search both for written blog posts and for video, depending on how you want to take in the knowledge or information. The safest and best part? These resources are often FREE, so long as you’re willing to put in some time you will find quality information.
WORK FOR SOMEONE WHO WILL GUIDE YOU
This requires you nothing. You might even earn money and can help you gain not only skills but also connections, advice and more. You’ll find lots of possibilities in the form of internships on job boards. But you could also create your own learning habits. Now the question arises ‘How can you make this happen? Simply surround or address someone who’s doing what you want to do, and ask if you can help them. It’s as easy as that. Give them a reason to think that they would also get benefit from the exchange. Some successful people even enjoy mentoring others; working with you is a great way for them to give back. But guess what? They’re not going to find you. You have to find them. This guide will make your future from dust to sparkle.
LEARN TO SAY I AM WHO I AM
Know your strengths, passions, weaknesses, talents, gifts, values, experiences, successes, failures. Dig inside yourself and test it all. I’ve spent the last ten years going to school on myself and I’m only just beginning. Becoming a self-expert should be a required minor (if not major) for every university student
LEARN TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE
This is the next step in knowing yourself. Constantly pay attention to the things that excite you. Notice which people who inspire and motivate you to be a better person. Catch yourself dreaming about the business you wish you would have started. Find the tasks and jobs that you get absolutely lost in. Watch closely!
MISS OUT ‘FOR GRANTED STRATEGY’ FROM YOUR LIFE
Go out and test it all. I’m talking everything. This especially goes for those lessons, suggestions and “social norms” that seem completely ridiculous. If something tells you there must be a better way, there likely is. Go out and find it. Just because it was done one way for 30 years, does not mean it has to be done the same way tomorrow. In fact, the longer something has been practiced, the more it should probably be questioned.
NOTE DOWN EVERYTHING
What you love, what you hate, what you’re good at, what you suck at, what inspires you, what depresses you, every emotion and lesson, positive and negative, write it down and learn how it’s forming your story and how you can use it to properly learn and apply going forth.
TRANSFER KNOWLEDGE WITH LOVE
Transfer your knowledge and learnings to others, teach them for their good, there is no better indication of true knowledge than when you can genuinely help and teach someone else. Give, give, give.