Why it Always Pays to Learn

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Success doesn’t come to those who wait. Success comes to those that make things happen.

No one is going to hold your hand and lead you to your goals. If you truly want to succeed, set goals, figure out the best way to achieve those goals, and make it happen.

The only person that will do that for you is you.

You may have the most innovative ideas in the world, but if you don’t act on them, you won’t go anywhere. Even if you don’t know where to start, or how to start, there’s one thing you can do right now to make your goals a reality.

In fact, it’s so easy, yet it’s often overlooked.  Continue your education.

Traditional, structured education is essential. College is important. However, learning should not stop just after four to five years of undergraduate study. Successful individuals continue to learn and become educated on new concepts, such as explosive opportunities in biotech and even new energy sources, as well as new innovative ideas.

Better yet, the pursuit of knowledge is even easier than it’s ever been. We no longer have to dig through old card catalogs or stare at microfiche anymore. Technological advances can relay information instantaneously online these days.

While you could always sit in with other college kids to learn something new, you may also want to consider mentoring programs or some personal enrichment class. These are great ways to attain hands-on learning and experience that may just set you apart from competitors.   Even volunteering your time is a great way to learn and culture yourself.

In fact, volunteering has helped many entrepreneurs better understand target audiences.

Think about all the time you spend on your cell phone looking up stock quotes, or looking at some ridiculous memes on Facebook. A simple 15 minutes a day spent educating yourself on something new may just set you apart. The average American spends 23 to 30 hours a week on their phones, texting, or on social media.

Imagine if you spent those 23 to 30 hours learning a new language, or the latest innovative ideas that you’re competitors are already running with.

Remember, your idea or your existing business is only as strong as the person behind it.

As kids head back to school later this month, and early September, it wouldn’t hurt to continue your own education – especially for those that want to make things happen.

According to Entrepreneur magazine, some of the best places to start are your local colleges, small business development centers, college alumni programs, networking events, online educational resources into a wide range of topics, perhaps even an MBA program.

Success will not come to those who wait.

Success will only come to those that are willing to make things happen.