A smart entrepreneur should always be learning.
It is not easy to be a successful entrepreneur. An entrepreneur must pay attention to:
– cash flow
– tax obligations
– debt service
– employee costs
– customer service
– a million other things
In addition, in order to be successful, an entrepreneur must also make time to continually learn. Teachers, lawyers, and doctors are required to participate in continuing education opportunities in order to keep their licenses. Even if your business is one where continuing education is required, you should make an effort to continually learn new things Be encouraged and know that learning takes place in more places than just the classroom. Go to networking events, fund-raisers, and the local chamber of commerce functions in order to see what is going on with businesses around you.
Your competition sees things in your industry may have a perspective that while different from yours is useful and relevant. In addition, your competitors deal with a different set of customers, deal with different problems and get different perspectives than you. This means they learn things you may not know that may be beneficial for you. No matter how much more successful you are than your competitors, they may be able to teach you things to make your business better.
As an entrepreneur, it is important to always be learning and to remember that lessons come from anywhere.