Tue, Mar 18, 2008
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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