You Don’t Have To Learn Everything The Hard Way

There are a few tricks that can help you absorb and retain the experiences of your peers and community so that you can leapfrog those same roadblocks with little effort and pain.

by | Mar 7, 2018 | 0 comments

You Don’t Have To Learn Everything The Hard Way

There is no rule that says your education (in life, or business) is only real if it’s fraught with suffering.

I was musing with a client the other day about how we both have a tendency to only learn a lesson when it’s particularly difficult. Which is illogical and irrational but grounded in truth. The pain forms a memory that finally sticks around long enough to deter repeated poor choices.

The pain makes it *true*.

But by then, who knows what’s been sacrificed or even lost? Who knows how much further ahead we could be had we been paying attention to those around us that had already learned that very same lesson?

OK, I get that we need to feel things in order to really pay attention to them (the same reason why your clients buy from you). And I get that we’re bombarded with so many messages all the time that just reading or hearing some sage advice is unlikely to stick.

However, there are a few tricks that can help you absorb and retain the experiences of your peers and community so that you can leapfrog those same roadblocks with little effort and pain.

1. Set up regular check points with someone in your space. Find another person who does what you do, or something similar, and create a semi-formal check-in on a regular basis. Creating a consistent cadence where the aim is to share stories helps you feel more connected to the experience someone else has had and the relationship increases your interest in the narrative from your collaborator.

2. Participate in role-playing exercises or onboard mock clients who can help you create potential scenarios where you can work through them without the risk of screwing something up IRL.

3. Ask for a review of your work by a mentor or a coach, who can foresee snags and potential problems before they happen, and help teach you what to look for in the future.

I’ve used all three tactics regularly in my business and I attribute them to helping me move away from the “everything has to be difficult” mindset.

Tell me in the comments…

Where can you look for knowledge and experience that will help make your lessons a bit easier to learn?

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Stephanie Hayes Business Strategist and Coach for Small Business and Entrepreneurs. What to do when you're feeling stuck in your business? How to scale your business to get sustainable growth? Stephanie is a business success coach for experienced entrepreneurs, creating detailed business models and plans (Vancouver).

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