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Continuous learning improves your success

January 08, 2014
Are you continually trying to learn new things?

Do you allocate some time each week to educate yourself on topics you don't know much about?

Have you created a plan for improving your skills by learning more?

As a small business owner, continuous learning can help improve your ability to be more successful.

A skills assessment is a good starting point for identifying potential learning opportunities.

Documenting what you know well, things you need to learn more and topics that aren't relevant will help you to prioritize where you should focus your time.

Once you've identified things you need to learn more about, you'll need to select the best learning vehicle.

There is a wide range of learning options.

Reading a book, taking an online course, attending a class or simply doing some homework on the Internet are just a few of the choices.

Scheduling some "learning time" on your calendar will allow you to break away from your day-to-day routine and make continuous learning part of your routine.

The small business world is changing every day. Dedicating yourself to continuous learning will keep you up-to-date on business trends, new technology, marketplace conditions, improved marketing techniques and many other things. Continuous learning will also improve your success in running and growing your small business. If you haven't done it yet, make continuous learning one of your resolutions for the new year!

Dick Jones is the Founder & President of Jones Simply Sales in Alpharetta, Ga. As a 4th generation sales professional, he has over 30 years of experience advising, coaching, consulting and working with small business owners. Office: 770-663-4681, web:
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