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Keeping Skills Sharp: Is Online Learning for You?

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?

Learn New Things By Teaching What You Know

27 May 2011, by A. Cedilla

Are you at a point in your life where you’ve met many of your big goals and most of the shine has worn off the accomplishment?

If you’re bored with what you’ve been doing and you’re looking for a way to make it new again, why not teach about what you know?

Teaching can revitalize your life in the field of your specialization, your subject of interest and of expertise. It’s not a joke when people say, “the best way to learn is to teach.”

See, it’s not watch and learn, it’s teach and learn.

“Watch and learn” can have some pretty flimsy premises attached to it, akin to a “I know how to do this, I watched it on the internet” kind of mastery. Actual learning is experiential. You do it, you learn how it’s done.

Deeper learning, on the other hand, happens when you task yourself into passing on what you know.

For instance, take a moment and recall how you learned how to drive. If you ever taught anyone else to drive, there’s a world of difference between learning how, and teaching how it’s done, right?

As the student, all you had to do was do what show up, follow the instructions and copy what you were shown. As the teacher, you have to know why things are done a certain way, or in a certain sequence, for example, and have the student trust you enough to follow along for the time being, and wait for more detail later.
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