Why learning without implementing is pointless

Posted on August 4, 2016 by Samantha Gomez

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Some people are serial learners. They attend everything and listen to everyone BUT they never implement what they have learnt.

I’ve seen this so many times in my career and it is such a waste of time and money for both you and your business.

Yes, education and learning new things is important but it is also important to pick and choose what you learn and who you learn from, and to make sure that you have the time and energy to implement your new knowledge.

There are so many people out there shouting, ranting and raving about what business owners should and shouldn’t do and it can be completely overwhelming if you listen to all of them.

As I’ve written about previously how to find the right mentor” if you want achieve the most for you business you are best off choosing to listen to people with the same values as you, with a passion for your business, and with skills that complement yours (there is no point being taught something you are already good at). And don’t listen to too many of them!

No matter how great the people you are learning from are, if you aren’t implementing I would guess you are taking advice from too many sources and are suffering from ‘information overload’.

So, if you know that you’re the kind of business person who is always signing up for the ‘new miracle solution’ or if you have so much on your to-do list that you don’t know where to start, here are some suggestions for how to slow down and focus on things that will actually help build your business:

  • Be ruthless with what you devote your time to. Really research the next webinar, workshop or conference and see if you NEED to attend and what you are going to get out of it. Weigh up the time you are going to take away from your business and potential earnings against the amount of knowledge you are going to gain.
  • When you do attend an event, take time afterwards to implement what you learnt. If you implement while the lesson is clear in your mind and before attending the next event you won’t feel so overwhelmed.
  • Don’t feel you have to take everything that is said at every event on board. Use your discretion and apply only the things that stand out as important to you and your business.
  • Listen to the mentors that you admire, who have succeeded and that resonate with you. Ignore the rest for the moment.
  • Be honest with yourself about why you are always learning and not implementing. It is that you are scared to fail, scared to not ‘do it properly’? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, the best thing you can do is address these.

Remember, it is almost always better to try something and fail then to not try at all, and when it comes to educating yourself about business focus on quality not quantity.

Are you a serial learner?

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