How to Make Lifelong Learning a Daily Habit

How to Make Lifelong Learning a Daily Habit

It’s easy to get tunnel vision in business and only focus on the tasks directly ahead of you. However, setting aside a little time to learn and hone new skills on a daily basis is key. It’ll not only allow you to survive in this changing entrepreneurial landscape but to thrive in it. Many of us still operate under the idea that, once we leave school with our diplomas in hand, there’s no need to continue mastering different areas of knowledge. However, the reality is that we no longer live in a world where learning can stay fixed for anyone in any trade. Adaptation is a currency worth its weight in gold in today’s business world, where new innovations are continuously changing the game. Being a constant learner means staying sharp, relevant in your field, and ahead of the curve. And forming these habits doesn’t have to be difficult or terribly time consuming either. There are a number of simple ways to implement lifelong learning into your day-to-day routine, no matter how busy you are: Set specific and concrete learning goals First things first, get those self-improvement ideas out of your head and out into the real world in a tangible way. Writing a list of what you want to learn can help you stick to your goals in a meaningful way. Next, create objectives that are manageable, by breaking down big picture goals into daily, monthly, and annual stepping stones. If you want to learn more about SEO techniques, for example, you could set a goal to read one blog post about your area of interest per day....
6 Brain Hacks to Make You a Faster Learner

6 Brain Hacks to Make You a Faster Learner

Our world is evolving quicker than ever. To stay competitive in business and ahead of the game, it’s increasingly important to continually learn new skills and information. That’s why mega-moguls like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey swear by constant learning as a vital part of their success. Luckily, there are some fairly simple methods for turbocharging your brain and mastering any skill faster. Read on for some hacks to help you harness the power of constant learning: 1. 50 minutes or less As entrepreneurs, it’s tempting to batten down the hatches and try to work for hours (or days) on end when learning something new. Before you stock up on Red Bull, consider the following: Research says our brains end up powering down very quickly when they’re running on overdrive. Ellen Dunn of Louisiana State University explains that “anything less than 30 [minutes] is just not enough, but anything more than 50 is too much information for your brain to take in at one time.” To put this into practice, make sure you’re scheduling your learning sessions for short bursts of time, using quick methods like flashcards. Schedule at least a 10-minute break between sessions to give your brain some much-needed R&R. 2. 80/20 The Pareto principle, otherwise known as the 80/20 rule, was originally developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, when he discovered that 20 percent of the farms produced 80 percent of Italy’s crops. Nowadays, productivity expert Tim Ferriss has popularized a modern approach to this rule for faster learning. He says you should focus first on the most important 20 percent of what you’re trying to...
5 Things Successful People Do Every Single Day

5 Things Successful People Do Every Single Day

Everybody wants to be successful – however, not many actually make it a reality. The difference between ultra-successful people and the rest of the pack is that they don’t leave their achievements up to chance. Instead of waiting for victory to fall in their lap, they take actionable steps every single day to inch closer to the finish line. You can start adopting their efforts today to get on the same path. Here are the proven things successful people do every day: They don’t chase materialism If you take a look at the truly successful, you’ll notice they aren’t constantly pursuing fancy handbags or shiny sports cars. Take Mark Zuckerberg, for instance, who has billions and drives a Volkswagen Getta. Really successful individuals know that true luxury is being able to pursue their dreams, instead of being shackled to their spending. So they make a daily effort to grow their wealth and use it on future endeavors, instead of blowing it on the latest “must have” purchase. (Check out some of our money tips if you want to get started). They don’t compare themselves to others The late great Theodore Roosevelt once said “Comparison is the thief of joy.” He was right on the money – successful people keep their eyes on the prize instead of their surrounding cubicles. Whether you are feeling bad because you think your peers are doing better than you, or you are building yourself up based on their failures, both are unproductive and have the potential to be self-destructive. If you feel good about something you’ve done, enjoy it — you don’t need the recognition from others to affirm your accomplishments. They take...
7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

The internet is chock full of daily habits that will help your routine, but what about bad habits? Because habits are so ingrained into our daily routines, we often don’t notice how harmful ones sneak in and ruin our success. Try eliminating the following habits from your life and see how your success in business and in life improve: It’s time to end procrastination. When “tomorrow syndrome” starts to rear its ugly head, it’s easy to get caught up in its effects and delay projects till the last millisecond. Before you know it, procrastination can cause looming deadlines to snowball, and destroy productivity and motivation in the process. Instead of procrastinating, the experts recommend you take on bite-sized chunks of a project. This can remove the intimidation factor and get the ball rolling towards productivity with minimal effort. For instance, if you have to build a whole website, consider setting a simple goal of designing the logo. It will be hard to go back to your bad professional habits once you start being productive instead. You need to (actually) listen. With a million and a half things going on, it’s easy to get distracted when listening to others (especially if it’s a boring topic). However, as uninteresting as the conversation might be, you should know that listening has been called one of the make-or-break factors for successful leadership. So if you want to up your success, replace these bad professional habits with active listening. Instead of nodding off, consider both showing the speaker that you’re interested (nodding, agreeing, etc.) and actually making an effort to understand (by asking questions...
5 Surefire Ways to Crush Your Goals This Year

5 Surefire Ways to Crush Your Goals This Year

It seems like just yesterday we were planning our 2016 New Year’s parties and making resolutions. For most of us, this year flew by in the blink of an eye. If you’re wondering where the time went, and you missed some of the goals you set this year, you aren’t alone. In fact, research by the University of Scranton has found that only 8% of people actually reach their resolutions. Well, now is the time to set new goals for yourself and actually reach them instead of wishing. Here are 5 ways to crush your goals this year: Get specific about your intentions When life gets in the way, new goals are usually the first thing to get brushed to the wayside. That’s why studies have found you need to be specific about when and where you achieve your goals. For instance, it’s been found that setting a specific time to go to the gym daily will double your chances of sticking to a fitness routine. Whether its learning to code or speaking a new language, put the goal in your calendar (or iPhone), to make sure it gets done. Take baby steps Weightlifters don’t begin training with 500 pound weights; they start small and work themselves up. If you’re an ambitious person, you might be making the equivalent mistake of trying for too heavy of a goal all at once. We’re not saying you shouldn’t shoot for the stars (you should!), but to reach them, you need to set mini-goals along the way. For example, if you want to start a new career, make a goal of applying...
5 Powerful Ways to Restore Your Confidence

5 Powerful Ways to Restore Your Confidence

All you need is confidence, and the doors of opportunity will burst wide open. After all, you need to believe in yourself before anyone else will. However, having unshakable confidence can be easier said than done. When you’re living boldly, there will be road bumps and slip-ups, and your confidence reserves can start running on empty. That’s why trailblazing entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs find ways to build their confidence daily. Without further ado, here are the ways to restore your confidence constantly: Celebrate on paper It’s easy to dwell on your slip-ups and forget all the fantastic things you’re accomplishing. The cold hard truth is that people recognizing you for the latter can be far and between. That’s why you need to become your own best cheerleader. An easy way to restore your confidence and celebrate those daily wins is to write them down. After work, jot down 5 great things you did that very day. They can be big wins, or small victories; the key is that you’re starting to notice your own greatness. Science says this act of journaling has a plethora of confidence boosting benefits. Fake it ‘till you make it Yep, it’s a well-worn cliché, but you know what? There’s plenty of truth to it. Harvard Professor and Ted Talk star Amy Cuddy found that those with extreme confidence initially just acted the part – like dressing better and having powerful body language. If you start feigning confidence, you too will eventually develop genuine self-belief. Go for the small wins Confidence isn’t an all or nothing scenario—instead, it’s built a brick at a time. As author...