Every day is a school day
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression that ‘every day is a school day’, well I was having a conversation the other day with someone who was feeling frustrated that they never had enough time for training. They knew that they needed to learn new skills, to pick up new ideas and techniques but they just didn’t have enough time. They kept seeing training courses that they wanted to go on but couldn’t spare the time out of their business. Whilst it was only a day here and there it was just too much time for them to be not earning money.
“You just need to prioritise” (?)
Now most people’s first response to this would be that you need to prioritise your own development, you need to make sure that you’re paying as much attention to yourself as you do to your customers and staff. In one sense I completely agree, we should prioritise ourselves. Without us, there wouldn’t be a business. Without our own development, you limit the opportunity for business development. So yes you need to find the time for self-improvement, yes you need to take the time to go on courses, webinars and training programmes.
Missing the point
In another sense though it completely misses the point and means that you will miss out on loads of opportunities. Over 90% of our learning takes place outside of a formal training environment, outside of a classroom or training event. Those opportunities lie in the people that you meet and the conversations that you have. Every day we have the opportunity to talk to other business owners, other people who are going through and have already gone through the very same issues that each one of us faces in our business. The great thing about talking to other people is that every person you meet will know something that you don’t. There is every chance that they will have tried things that we haven’t thought of and found solutions to problems that we may not have even experienced yet.
Greatest source of learning
Our greatest source of learning exists in the everyday moments, the interactions that we have with our customers, the conversations we have when we are out networking and the experiences that we have when going about our daily business. It’s these opportunities that we need to make sure that we are making the most of, these opportunities that we need to make sure we do not miss. They do not take us out of our business, they do not take us away from where we feel we should really be, in fact, they ground us in our business and ensure that every opportunity helps our business at every stage.
So the next time you’re worried that you don’t have enough time during the week for training, enough time to develop yourself, remember that every day is a school day. Every day is full of opportunities to learn something new.