With the speed of business and technology changing in the blink of an eye it is difficult to not just get ahead in the world but to keep up with everyone else. If you read my previous two articles on Being A Good Online Business Leader then you know a good leader knows to always keep an open ear to others business leaders and teammates and to never stop reading and searching for new information and techniques that can increase your success. HULT PRIVATE
When most people decide to become entrepreneurs they position themselves in a learners chair. They’re eager to learn as much as possible so they can become a specialist in their field. They treat their business the same way a college student studies for a career they will have the rest of their life. What happens is they do so much research about their business they fall into a trap known as paralysis of analysis. This is when someone devotes so much time to learn the business that they never actually work the business. Don’t get stuck in this position!
The best action to take is to schedule your business time so equal amounts are committed to learning new skills and implementing those skills. Apply what you have heard or read and implement it as soon as you can while it is fresh in your mind. This is a great way to create a template for your new knowledge or skill so when you are ready to expand on this new skill you have an example to follow. Whatever new skill you acquire and put to use know that it doesn’t have to be perfect the first time you do it.
As my mentor, Aaron Rashkin, says, “You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going!”
As your business begins to produce income, spend more time building and improving your skills. Time is your greatest commodity in your business, invest it wisely and your return will be more time freedom for yourself.
Leaders have to be good listeners, good readers and good learners. Keep an open mind to what you hear, what you read and what you commit to putting into action. A good online business leader strives to encompass all three of these qualities.
Scott Gustafson is an E-Business Expert with 5 years of experience growing a successful online business and helping others create wealth around the world, leveraging the power of the internet.