Great Business Leaders Should Advocate Continual Education

kelowna accountantI’m a big advocate for continuing education, no matter how old you are or how much you know. I would say I’m pretty lucky because as a Kelowna accountant, I have a lot of people that talk to me about what books they’re reading or what courses they’re taking and I’m always curious to know.

Sometimes, if I’m really lucky, I even get to take the time to pick up some of those books and actually read them! If you’ve ever read any of my book reviews before, you’ll see that all I want to get out of reading is just one little great point.

I’m not trying to become an expert in the field that book is written on. Generally the authors of those educational books will have more knowledge on the subject than you ever will.

But that’s not the point.

If I can take one little point out of every piece of education that I touch, it’s going to help me be more successful along the way – that being the broader definition of success.

Taking A Little Piece From Everything

This weekend I sat down and read a running magazine from The Running Room. Does that help me increase my business at work? Probably not but while I’m reading I envision the training and physical fitness involved when preparing for a marathon and think, “Does that preparation for a marathon make me a better business person?”

Of course it does!

When there is a goal in mind, you have to set little goals to achieve the big goal. When I read, I’m always looking to learn something to increase that little bit of knowledge that will help me towards my larger goals in business.

I go to a conference to obtain one key-learning item.  It’s worth it to pay to go to a conference as long as you actually obtain that one key learning item and use it. If you attend and get that little nugget of information but never use it then you probably just wasted your time.

If you can get one thing out of every book, article and magazine that you read that will help you increase your wealth and be better off.

Reading With A Purpose

Really think about that when somebody asks you what you’re reading and you’re holding a tabloid. Why are you reading that tabloid…are you trying to get something out of it or just trying to wipe your brain and stop thinking for a bit?

Either answer is okay as long as that’s what is going to help you achieve your goals by getting the downtime you need. If that’s the methodology you have chosen to get your total downtime then there is nothing wrong with that.

I’m the kind of guy that has at least 3 books on the go all the time.

  • The “fun book” – a meaningless book that wipes my mind for relaxation
  • A small business-related book – a great building block to help myself and my clients move forward
  • A textbook-style book – usually a tougher read with a little more meat to the content like Think And Grow Rich, something you really have to be in the right state of mind for

Other than your fun book, just try to get a few points out of your reading that helps move your business forward.

I find that most business owners are very successful in their business but we would all agree that we could always be better. You can be in business for 20 years but there’s a big difference between just repeating the same successful habits over and over rather again than seeking to create new habits by improving every single year for 20 years.

One person ends up exponentially more skilled after 20 years and the other doesn’t really change that much.

Commit to continuing education and you will be amazed at how the subtle changes over time can turn your business into a well-oiled machine.

 

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