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Are You a Perpetual Student? WAHM Podcast #6

Tue, Mar 18, 2008

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 WAHM in Focus Podcast

Continuous learning is the mainstay of a productive business – and life for that matter.

Education keeps things fresh and interesting, it helps you to stay on top of the latest information and methods that will help you to build a thriving business, but there are some guidelines to prevent too much of a good thing from reducing your productivity and effectiveness.

This is especially true in the internet environment, where there is so much available, all the time.

No sooner does one offer come through your email for the latest must have, and the next is in front of you.

FIRST TIP 

If you are finding this to be the case, my first tip is… unsubscribe from some newsletters.

This is a sure sign that you have got too many subscriptions, and that you are also getting too much information to wade through daily in your email box.

If your job is checking out newsletters and special offers for new courses and products, then by all means, sign up for some more.

But if your job is to be productive and create worth for your customers and for your self, then start streamlining your email subscriptions.

NOW WHAT? 

OK, now that's done, what next? 

What about all those courses and memberships that are collecting dust on your computer?

And what about the one that I must have, that is sure to be waiting for me tomorrow, next week, or maybe even today? 

Listen in to this week's show and find out! 

You'll find the link below. Transcript is also available.

Perpetual Student WAHM Podcast Transcript 

WHAT LIES BENEATH THE SURFACE? 

Remember, your first priority is output.

We need input in a balanced manner, so that we can output quality, but the truth is, most of us are busting at the seams with things we want to share.

So why don't we just do it? Why do we feel the need to learn more instead of jumping in?

Sometimes the reasons lie beneath the surface. 

  • We lack the confidence and focus to do it. So we meander from one "must have" course to the next.
  • Procrastinating. Avoiding.
  • Getting it just right. 
  • Putting off our responsibility to our business, our family and our customers because inside we are afraid.
  • We may not even know what we are afraid of.
  • We might question our "right" to become an authority figure.
  • Or we might question whether or not we really want success. The responsibility.

These are some good questions to ask yourself.

Record your answers in your journal.

If you don't have one, why not start one?

Any notebook will do, but if you can get a nice one, all the better. 

And then listen to the podcast.

Watch for more on these questions next week, they are often the foundation of procrastination and lack of focus. 

SHOW NOTES

My Current Favourite Internet Courses 

These are a list of courses that I have or are taking myself.

They have proven to be worth the money and time I have spent on them both by the knowledge they contain, and by their usability and practical application for my internet business.

Blog Mastermind – by Yarrow Starok – this class is closed right now, watch this blog to find out when it reopens which I hear should be soon. This course has been the basis of my web business moving in the right direction and I've just touched the tip of the iceburg so far. Still working on it!

Static Blogging by Christine Knowlton and Stacie Bennett  – A don't miss classic if you want to use wordpress as your website platform (and there are many reasons to do so). This course is a one time purchase, very reasonably priced for what you get. It is worth many times more in terms of what it can do for you and your online presence. It also comes in both PDF and video format and is THE reason that I was able to set up my blog properly and blog my little heart out. Smile

Membernairre by Jimmy D Brown- If you'd like to create good information products in a membership format (not necessarily a never ending membership) this is the best course I've taken, as with all of his learning products. It comes in a weekly format for a total of 12 months. You can quit anytime, but I don't know who would want to. It's the other high points of my week. Watch for my membership courses coming soon! You can bet they'll be good because now I know exactly how to set them up (after years of wondering).

Another Jimmy D favourite is List and Traffic, an ongoing membership worth far more than it costs, each month new instruction on a new list or traffic method.  I wouldn't think of canceling.

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10 Responses to “Are You a Perpetual Student? WAHM Podcast #6”

  1. Bruce says:

    Nice post. Appreciate the references. I agree that is is easy to get too many offers and get side-tracked from important tasks. Thanks. Will have to get this podcast onto my ipod

    Bruce’s last blog post..Common Cold Treatments

  2. I think the fear of being out there on our own and having to actually do something is what tends to hold us back Jan. So we do more courses and read more information to assuage the guilt of not taking action.

    Getting started on almost anything is the hardest thing of all.

    Karen (Karooch from Scraps of Mind)’s last blog post..Five Freebies on Friday 21 March 2008

  3. I am so behind on my BMM lessons. I’ve earmarked the whole of tomorrow to catch up as much as I can!

    PreSchool Mama’s last blog post..12 Ways to Raise an Emotionally Aware Child

  4. Great post and terrific advice!

    I find myself overwhelmed with newsletters and then I have to go back and unsubscribe from a bunch. Focus has been my toughest issue with my internet business.

    If money were no option, I’d spend a lot more of my time as a student, both formally in school and I would take on a lot more learning on the web.

    But I have to make a living, so I have to keep unsubscribing and deleting to keep my head above water in my email accounts.

    I usually oversubscribe because I sign up for a free report I do want to read and have time for, but I don’t have time for the newsletter and all the follow-up email.

    I’m going to check out the course you’re taking on WordPress. I could save a heap of time if I new my way around it better than I currently do.

    Sherri

    Home Office Organization’s last blog post..30 Minute Backlinks Review

  5. queenofkaos says:

    @Bruce – Thanks Bruce! Glad that you liked it!

    @Karen – I totally agree. I know that I seem to freeze exactly when I need to move forward. Still dealing with that. Taking more courses are a form of procrastination in some cases, thinking of the ones that are half finished in binders around my house. That’s why I especially like Static Blogging and Blog Mastermind, you do the exercises basically online directly to improve your blog/biz.

  6. queenofkaos says:

    @PreSchool Mama – I am behind as well but even so, I’ve seen vast improvements since beginning the course. I have created a spreadsheet (that needs to be updated :0) with tasks from the course. I’m big on “at a glance”. Let me know if you’d like a copy!

  7. queenofkaos says:

    @Sherri – I know exactly what you mean. I love to learn, maybe too much! I thought I was in heaven when I first got on the internet. I remember thinking about it before I got my computer in awe, and I was right. It has taken over my life, mostly in a good way. I can’t imagine being without it again, at least not at this point.

    I set up my website during the summer, searched and searched for something just like it, found it after I had set it up, but used it anyway and have never regretted it for a moment, just wish I had found it sooner. Stacie and Christine are TOTALLY awesome in their support too, they know what they are doing!

  8. Having grown up with people stressing that I need to become a “lifelong learner” to keep current on my knowledge, I now struggle to turn it off!

    Like all virtues, this one requires balance. Thanks for the reminder, Jan.

    Maria – Never the Same River Twice’s last blog post..Weekend SmallChange: Visit an Ethnic Grocery Store

  9. Great references. I was considering about joining blog mastermind but having been putting that off for some time. Guess I need to make something happen soon after I review static blogging and couple of others.

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