You can’t ignore it. Competition is ever present in the business world, and you have to stay sharp and alert to deal with threats and to seize opportunities. To do both, you not only need information, but the understanding and discernment to use that information to check which way the wind is blowing.
One way to refine your mastery regarding your niche, your customers, and your market, is to study. Not just do research, but using the path of deliberate, self-paced, self-directed education to promote your growth and experience inside and outside of your business, to promote both depth and reach.
Fortunately, we have an over-abundance of choices now. You won’t even be strictly required to enroll unless you think it’s the best option for you. With all the free resources available, at the most basic level, if you have stable internet access, the time, and the perseverance, you can start as soon as you want.
Things have become very much interconnected in our world today; Even a small event happening far away can ripple out in unexpected ways. Change comes faster, and entrepreneurs are hard-pressed to keep up and manage all the shifts, side-steps, and set-backs that come from that. Continuing education is a great help in learning to use change to our advantage — but you still have to be the one to choose. This isn’t high school any more. No one can choose for you, and you have to do the work or it simply won’t get done. Continue reading Keeping Skills Sharp: Is Online Learning for You?