BossBabes are ambitious. We set unrealistically high goals. We are internally driven to accomplish huge dreams and refuse to stop until we accomplish them. That is why it’s so important to understand why learning is vital to success.
We don’t have to look far to recognize that the world’s biggest leaders are avid learners. The average millionaire reads two books per month. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are just two of many CEOs who read at least one book per week. World-renowned motivational speaker, coach, and author Brendon Burchard has read one book per week for almost two decades. These individuals have made the connection that consuming knowledge as effectively and efficiently as possible is how they gain their competitive edge.
Now that we’ve covered why learning is vital to success, here are four tips to learn better:
Set aside one hour each day to learn, and schedule it as part of your daily routine. In his infamous article on the 5-Hour Rule, Michael Simmons asserts that if you don’t spend five hours per week learning, you won’t ever gain a significant competitive advantage in your field. Marie Forleo said it best: “If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real!”
Use different mediums.
Sometimes it’s unrealistic to sit down and read a book for an hour straight. On hectic days, watch short YouTube clips or read concise articles with tangible takeaways in between meetings and projects. If you have a long drive coming up or a daily commute (shout out to my fellow SoCal BossBabes!), listen to an audiobook or podcast. If you’re tired from a long day, read in bed until you fall asleep instead of watching TV.
In today’s society, distraction is rampant. Resist the urge to scroll through the comments while listening to a helpful YouTube video. Set a goal to read for 30 or 60 minutes before setting your book down to respond to text messages or check social media. To realize the greatest benefit from your learning investment, be fully present and engaged with your learning. Focus, like any other skill, needs to be strengthened. You either practice focus or you practice distraction.
Apply what you learn.
The purpose of placing emphasis on learning is for that new knowledge to translate into tangible success. Leave open space to process your learning, and think about how to practically apply it in your life, relationships, and business.
Start learning more effectively by applying these simple tips. Soon, your results will provide a robust ROI—and prove why learning is vital to success.