Why It Pays to Never Stop Learning
Success will never come for those who wait for it.
Success only comes to those that have the passion, and determination to make things happen.
Remember, no one will ever just hand you success. You have to work for it.
You have to earn it.
One of the best ways to achieve success is to continue learning.
Some of the most successful people in the world understand this.
Warren Buffett and Mark Cuban have seen exceptional success. Neither credits “short cuts” for their success either. Instead, both point to investing their time in reading and learning.
“I read more than three hours almost every day,” once noted Cuban on his blog. “Most people won't put in the time to get a knowledge advantage. To this day, I feel like if I put in enough time consuming all the information available, particularly with the net making it so readily available, I can get an advantage in any technology business."
Buffett spends five or six hours a day reading.
“Read 500 pages like this every day,” Buffett has said, as quoted by CNBC. “That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
The Pursuit of Knowledge is at Your Fingertips.
The best part – 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 a college course to learn something new, you may also want to consider mentoring programs or personal enrichment classes. 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. A simple 15 minutes a day spent educating yourself on something new may just teach you something new. After all, the average American spends 23 to 30 hours a week on their phones, texting, or on social media.
You Should Never Fear Failure
Many of us won’t succeed right out of the gate.
In fact, according to Bloomberg, eight out of every 10 entrepreneurs will fail. However, no one cares about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from failure.
When a reporter once asked Thomas Edison, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."
Edison’s response proves that failure is not a bad thing.
Past mistakes only helped him grow and evolve. After all, failing once, twice, or 1,000 times doesn’t mean you’ve reached the end of the road. It just means you have to take another path.
It's nearly impossible to find a story of success that doesn't have a trail of mistakes. But the key to overcoming failure, and becoming successful begins by learning from your mistakes.
Remember, success will not come to those who wait for it to fall in their lap.
Success will only come to those that are determined to make things happen.