How seriously do you take your education?
If the answer is “very seriously,” then the next question is, “How quickly do you want to get where you want to go?” And even if you’re just thinking of dabbling in some extra learning, it’s still a good idea to think about your future.
Now, how quickly you reach your goals is up to you. There are three ways that you could learn what you need to know to become successful faster.
Learn From Yourself
The first way is learning from yourself, what I call the School of Hard Knocks. You’re learning from your own mistakes as you figure things out. It’s good sometimes to learn from your mistakes because often those lessons stick. However, there is a price to being your own teacher.
They say, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” And that’s the cost of learning from yourself. Each mistake costs you a lot of time and money. Especially if you end up making the same mistake over and over. What you need is a shorter journey from lesson given to lesson learned.
Learn From Peers
So what’s the less difficult path? It would be learning from your peers, the people around you, your family, your friends, your colleagues.
A big disadvantage is, if you ask your friend to teach you to dance and you’re both terrible dancers, what are the chances you’re going to learn some suave moves by the end of the month?
Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future. Click To TweetChances are, they have a similar lifestyle to you. The same income level. And that’s the problem.
If there’s only a tiny bit of difference between you, how can you teach each other? How can your friend, who is making $60,000, teach you how to make a $200,000 income if they haven’t done it before?
Just like the dance lessons, they don’t know how to teach you, or they teach you the wrong thing. It is the same with behaviors, habits, and beliefs. If your parents, your friends, or your colleagues are at the same level of success as you, chances are, they can’t teach you how to climb higher.
Learn From A Mentor
The third and most powerful way to learn is from a mentor who’s been there, done that, and continues to do it. This mentor isn’t at the same level of success as you. No. This mentor is infinitely, infinitely more wiser and experienced than you.
If you’re making $60,000 a year, you want to learn from someone who is making $10 or $50 million a year. Why?
Because their level of thinking is so much higher. They can pull you up to a whole new level. When I was in my 20s and making a few thousand dollars a month as a copywriter, my mentor told me not to write a sales letter unless it was going to make a million a year. Minimum.
He expanded my horizon with that new price point.
So don’t learn from yourself unless you don’t mind wasting time. Don’t learn from your friends unless you want to learn what you probably already know. Learn from a mentor who you respect, who is right now already where you want to be in your dreams.