Continual learning is a vital trait for a freelancer. We live in a world where new technologies and new methodologies are constantly being introduced.
The freelancer who refuses to learn, who refuses to adapt and update his or her business, is the freelancer who goes out of business.
I consider myself to be a lifelong learner. My habit of lifelong learning has taken me down some interesting and unusual paths that I never could have foreseen. It has also saved my writing business on more than one occasion. (I wouldn’t even be blogging here if I hadn’t decided a few years ago to learn everything that I could about blogging.)
Here are five crucial concepts that you should remember as you make learning a lifelong process:
- There is no such thing as failure as long as there is a lesson to be learned
Sure I’ve been disappointed and I’ve cried my share of tears as I’ve faced obstacles and setbacks. With each new setback, however, has come a unique opportunity – the opportunity to learn and to improve.
- You can always find a second chance
The idea that you have one shot to “get things right” is a myth. Don’t believe it for a minute. The only way that you’ll ever really “get things right” is to keep on trying until you’ve done it. I believe in second chances, and third, and fourth ones too.
- People are great sources of learning
Listen to people. No matter what type of freelancing you do, chances are that someone has done it before you. If you pay close attention to advice that others give and the lessons that others have learned, you can save yourself a lot of trouble and grief.
- Learn something new every single day
At no other time in history have so many sources of learning been available to so many people. With the advent of the Internet and other forms of media, we are all surrounded by multiple opportunities to acquire knowledge and new skills every day.
- The best learning in life is … free!
Yeah, I’ve got my degree (and I benefited greatly from the process), but some of the best learning in life happens outside of the classroom. Learning happens in those “aha” moments when you’re all alone and you have discovered something new.
As a freelancer, the habit of lifelong learning will not only enrich your life — it may also enrich your pocketbook as you learn new skills that you can apply in your freelancing business.
Since no one knows for sure what information may be available tomorrow, no one knows for sure where your lifelong learning path will take you. One thing that you can count on, though, is that the path will be interesting.
Are you a lifelong learner yet?
Why not get started today?
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