Saturday, June 30, 2007

Why your degree isn't enough

"Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune."
-- Jim Rohn

Here you are on the journey to gaining unlimited wealth from your business idea or your business system. You have made your investment and committed yourself to success. Your Dream Board is complete and posted on your office wall. You have set your sights on an income of $150,000 per year and already picked out your new car.

You are working at your business, but nothing is happening. You work harder, still you do not get the results you were expecting.

Does this sound familiar to you? It sure did for me.

What made the difference? Learning. Self education. Hitting the books. "Damn!", you say, "I finished school when I was..." Yes you did. But not all education happens at school.

Let me ask you a question. When you finished school and got your first job... could you perform the work perfectly on the first day you started work? Probably not. You needed to *learn* whatever specialized knowledge was required to do that job.

Did things ever change at work? A new product? A new boss? A new procedure? And every time I'll bet you had to learn something new.

So now, here you are on your amazing entreprenurial adventure... and you don't expect you will have to gain any new knowledge? Slap yourself! Harder!! It is not reasonable to expect that the things you know today, that have got you where you are, will be the same things that will bring you success in your chosen business. Right?

"The will to do stems from the knowledge of how to do."

If you are becoming a business owner for the first time you need to flush out the "stuff" you needed to know to be a good employee, manager, boss or "one man band" self-employed person. That "stuff" won't work. It got you what you have now... and I think you have had quite enough of that.

Learn what you need to know to change and be effective in your new world. Read books by people that have already crossed the mine field you are walking in. Listen to CDs by leaders that already have the fruit on the tree that you are planting. Associate with like-minded people that share your journey or are further along.

Remember, you want to get your information from people that have what you want. *Always* counsel with those that have achieved the success you are seeking. Anyone at your level or below just hasn't demonstrated that they know squat about what you need to know.

If you do not have an self education source that you are using to improve your knowledge about business, I recommend you check out the online Success University at this link. Visit the web site and sign up for a course or two. Kick the tires. While you are there, check out the business opportunity they offer. I am not going to hide anything from you, I am promoting the Success University because of the education system and you will have a chance to put some money in your pocket. If you just make enough to cover the cost of your courses, then you have benefited from a great business lesson!

Even if you do not participate in the Success University program, you need to get yourself a pipeline for new information. Discover the knowledge that you do not have.

"You don't know what you don't know. That's why you don't have. Because if you knew what you knew, you'd have, because to know and not to do is not to know."
-- Casey Combden


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