Guest post by Alex.
This post title is a bit wordy I know, but I wanted to tackle a sort of general, inspirational topic which should apply to pretty much everyone really. Being better at what you do.
Whether you are in business for yourself, working for someone else, trading the stock markets etc… Self improvement should be an important part of your to do list. If you are employed, being the best you can be will open up new career opportunities and ultimately a better salary. If you are self employed of course, being better will probably lead to a better, stronger, more profitable business. So with that said, let’s look at what you could be doing if you are serious about bettering yourself:
1: Goal Setting
The first part is to actually set a goal. Not just decide that you are going to improve, but how? Which parts of your skill set most need improvement? Maybe you are an internet marketer, but you are weak on Social media stuff or maybe you are a web designer but you’re not as good with WordPress as you would like. Setting specific goals and timelines adds the pressure that pushes you to improve.
2: Set A Schedule
Some people never make time to learn, some people spend too much time learning and not enough time doing. Don’t be either of those people. Set a schedule for your working week that allows a sensible amount of time for learning and also set time when you will work on applying that knowledge. Making this schedule a habit will ensure that you are constantly learning and keeping up with the best in your field.
Training is of course the fastest way to get better at something. Short training courses are generally designed to help you quickly understand a new topic. An entrepreneur might benefit from some book keeping training for instance – you don’t need to be an expert, but getting up to speed with the basics will help a lot. This is also a great way to expand into a new area in your business or career.
If you are serious about being a high achiever, regardless of your field there is almost certainly a conference somewhere in the world where the best of the best meet. Have a look into these events and carefully weigh up the value that they might offer. They can be quite expensive, but if you pick carefully it is an investment that can pay off.
5: Emulate The Best
Whatever you want to do in life, there is someone that has done something similar – these people are the ones you should be aspiring to be like, but they may not be as untouchable as you think. Make it a mission to find the people who have done what you want to achieve and try to emulate their success – reach out to them even and just ask a simple question or offer them your help. You might be surprised at the connections you can make.