I recently started a business. I have already been researching information and asking questions for years so I am comfortable to a certain extent going forward but just not satisfied. Besides I am an old pal who knows just enough to know that he never knows enough that he shouldn’t want to learn more from others and get their insight.
I signed up for a class titled, “How To Start Your Own Business”, I went into the class to find out what I didn’t know. A surprising realization was how much I actually do know! But I digress, in less than one class, hearing other people’s question and concerns and thoughts about some of my own questions from them and the instructor was well worth the tuition for the class. I could stop right here……but that wouldn’t be me! 🙂
There are three points that I want to make for people who asks themselves, “why should I take a class about something that I can research myself”. No matter what subject matter you are talking about but especially if your are talking about starting a business or anything business related, you should attend the classes at your local colleges and small business centers/organizations even if you are familiar with the subject matter because….
- You don’t know everything. You also don’t know what you don’t know so go find out. Even if you have already been researching the subject, you don’t know what perspective the presenter is going to approach the subject from so what you know (or think you know) doesn’t matter.
- You can learn a lot on your own, but what is your time worth?
Instead of researching what questions you should ask and then researching the answers to those questions only to find there are nested questions that must also be research further, you could listen to someone give you a streamlined process that’s useful or relevant to most people.
Supposed then you are allowed to interact with your own questions specific to your needs based on that information? This would eliminate all of your guesswork and at least half (if not more) of your research from jump. You’re taken straight to the meat and potatoes of what you need to focus on to keep moving forward.
What if you are able to use someone else’s years of research, mistakes, experiences, and lessons learned to help you pursue your interests more effectively? The knowledge they have acquired from years of practice and teaching, that isn’t worth $100?
To be continued…