This past week I had the privilege of spending a few days in Nashville, TN at a workshop for an entrepreneurship group I am a part of. We spent two days sharing ideas and providing feedback on our businesses. The relationship building and networking exceeded any other type of educational experience I ever had. Many of the people there have built successful businesses and to hear their experiences and advice was amazing. I know that incorporating a fraction of their wisdom to my business will have an exponential impact and give me the competitive advantage I am seeking in my business.
All too often we think our education ends when we graduate from college. There are many people who don’t even read a non-fiction book ever again in their lives after graduation. Of course, some of us go back for a higher degree or join associations or go to an occasional conference. But do we really make a commitment and a plan for lifelong learning?
Making a conscious commitment to continuing your education (in various forms) will give you the competitive advantage in your profession. The more you educate yourself on a topic in your field, the more you become the expert on that topic. Becoming the expert gives you the competitive advantage you need to soar in your career.
Here are some ideas on furthering your education
- Read Books! Consider reading a few business or personal development books a year. Or even do audio books. You can check out audio books from your local library or audible is a great way to purchase audiobooks.
- Determine one or two conferences you will attend this year related to your profession.
- Subscribe to magazines for your profession. One of my favorite magazines is Success Magazine.
- Join one or two professional organizations and attend their meetings and workshops.
- Identify a few individuals who have more experience than you in a subject you want to know more about. Meet with them and build a relationship.
Committing to your continual education will give you the competitive advantage you seek. What are you doing now to further your education?