Life-Long Learning for Everyone in Your Small Business

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflowers is nothing but a cabbage with a college education. - Mark Twain

After all these years there has been no one to compare with Twain, and the light of his wisdom has not dimmed.

No matter what we do, no matter where we go, owner or employee - now more than ever before - we must continue to study, train and learn. Everyone in your organization. Everyone. Every day. Life-long learning.

Are you feeling threatened, maybe even frightened these days with all of the changes brought on by the advent of the information age? Me, too. Sometimes it seems we're like Alice, we have to run as hard as we can just to stay in one place. And in our Wonderland, everything is changing so fast that what we learned today may be obsolete tomorrow.

The iron is that the thing that is creating so much potential for anxiety is also the thing that can help you stay competitive:  technology. Specifically, the unprecidented wealth of information available on the Internet.

When I feel threatened by all of the new knowledge and capability that's emerging, I just make a point to learn something new, with emphasis on e-commerce, or the Internet, or how my industry is adapting to the virtual marketplace. Anything. And when I acquire that new understanding or capability, I smile like Alice's Cheshire Cat. Learning makes me feel stronger, like I've gained a little ground in the marketplace. Maybe today I put the heat on somebody else. Advantage:  me.

Give it a try. The only thing better than your garden variety smile is one that comes from knowing that you just got a little smarter. I have to say, however, cauliflower does not make me smile.