“Never stop learning. If you learn one new thing every day, you will overcome 99 percent over your competition.” – Joe Carlozo
As a business leader, manager, or employee, it can become easy to believe that you’ve learned all that you can know; but learning and growth isn’t only reserved for span of a college career. Whether it’s learning about your own personality, relationships or career, you discover more about the kind of leader you want to become. Good leaders are really the product of a continual process of development and learning.
Whether it’s from your desk or out in the community, there are countless opportunities to make this a reality. Here are five ways to make it happen:
1. Participate in a Meetup to Learn From Others
Meetups are specific groups that bring together people to learn, share, or do something all across the country. Whether it’s a women’s networking group or a gathering to learn more about the latest technology in the area, you can find ways to grow more and connect with other leaders just like you. You can find a full list of meetups in your area here.
2. Read a Book
This one may be obvious, but it’s a tried-and-true method of learning everywhere in the world – all you need to do is turn off the T.V. and take just 30 minutes a day to do it. It may be easier to delve into the latest fiction thriller, but choosing a non-fiction book may be more useful and give you a leg up on the competition. Whether it’s primarily business-related or dives into another subject, you never know when the new knowledge will come in handy.
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3. Join a Learning Center
There are a myriad of organizations offering opportunities for learning in the area. Take a look, find one that interests you, and start participating in all that they have to offer. Here are a few of interest:
National Entrepreneur Center
UCF Business Incubator
Small Business Development Center at Eastern Florida State College
Women’s Business Center at FIT
Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship
4. Use Your Drive Time
Audio books may seem to be a thing of the past, but don’t underestimate how useful they can be to you as you drive across town from meeting to meeting. They are available through public libraries and can be downloaded onto digital devices such as the Audible app by Amazon, making it simple to absorb new information as you go, and you might find that it saves you some time.
5. Take Advantage of the Web
Utilizing all that the Internet offers may be the quickest, simplest and easiest way to continue your professional growth. Here are a few we’ve found that raise the bar: