Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement. Anthony J. D’Angelo
As an entrepreneur we always need to be learning. We need to constantly be improving our current skills and fill in any gaps we may have.
Recognize Your Skills
Take time to reflect on your skills and recognize that you have many. Write them down and write down how they helped you in the past. Did you work on a task where your skills were needed? Maybe you were the only one on the team that had a particular skill set to complete the task. List the ways ways to use your skills in the future.
Which of your skills make you happy? If you are going to improve a skill make it one that you enjoy using.
Improve Your Skills
Create a goal for improving your skills. Remember, when creating goals, make sure they are SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and timely.
Seek out an avenue of education. Brushing up on your skills may be easier than you think.
- Attend a seminar or conference
- Enroll for a part-time course which fits around your work
- Go back to school and earn a new degree
- Talk with someone who has the same skill set, but they are an expert
- Listen to a podcast
- Read a book on the subject
- Take an online course
- Join a club
- Network with other professionals
Use Your Skills
Sign-up to be a leader. Being a leader creates value in the skills you’ve developed and authority in your knowledge and experience.
Volunteer. You can create more value by volunteering for an event or an organization and fill the void in their team.
Teach a class. If you have been developing a skill for a long time and you have been successful at using it, think about offering a class or teaching at a local community college. You will be helping others who are looking to develop a skill you already have.
Streams of income. How many different ways can you use your skills to earn money? As a music teacher I used my talents as a musician to earn money in many different ways.
- Performed for special events
- Worked as choir director for different churches
- Played for retirement centers
- Played for weddings
- Put new strings on a guitar
- Taught piano, guitar, clarinet, saxophone and voice lessons
- Wrote an e-book on playing chords for piano
As entrepreneurs we can’t stand still and let our competition pass us by. We must always be learning and improving the skills we have so that we can be a success.
Question: What will you do to move forward and hone your skills? Please leave a comment below.