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6 Excuses You Can’t Hear From Any Successful Entrepreneurs

6 Excuses You Can’t Hear From Any Successful Entrepreneurs

There are a lot of excuses that could be made by almost everyone. The truth is that our minds are the greatest blocks in getting us started to pursuing the dreams and the life we want. It is not going to be easy. But if you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you surely will never say any of these things.

1. I don’t have enough capital

Many entrepreneurs start their journey to success even before they are ready to embrace the positive reactions they will receive. They know that what is important is taking action rather than sitting or waiting. A great idea and the right motivation push you to find and discover what will come out of your venture. You will never hear a successful entrepreneur say he doesn’t have the money to start out. Actually having enough capital sometimes could force you to be less creative and even nonchalant on what should be done right.

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2. I have to wait until…

This sounds boring. Being a successful entrepreneur is not about waiting or taking chances. It is an independent task and along the lines you have to accept responsibility for your destination and take charge of the situation. Most times those excuses you make are just a reason not to fulfill what you really want to go after. Successful entrepreneurs don’t procrastinate. They go after what they want because they know there will never be a perfect time to start what they want and to pursue their dreams. They know that the perfect time to start is now.

3. What if I fail?

Well what if you fail? Staying and waiting in the comfort zone of mediocrity and security is not an exact fit for an entrepreneur! They know the importance of taking chances and pursuing goals. Actually there is more thrill in the journey rather than in the rewards whether it is failure or success. Successful entrepreneurs love to take risk and try new things. They want to test waters first. With failure comes learning and experience. And this is vital to becoming the success they will certainly be.

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4. I am too old to start

Why this excuse is so terrible is that it doesn’t paint the real picture of those who started out late and still became success stories. Colonel Sanders started his journey to become the success story of KFC at age 60. Mary Kay started her success story to becoming the cosmetic giant of Mary Kay at age 45. This excuse can be so terrible because being late comes with its advantages. You have to be more creative, think faster and act better. Being late means working hard and going after your dreams with everything you have got. Because when you are late you have almost nothing to lose.

5. I don’t know the right people

Well this excuse will never be heard from a successful entrepreneur who was nurtured and grew into a digital age. No one started out knowing the right people. You had to start first and get noticed by the right people. If you sit down waiting for the right people to flock to you, you will never get started. Get on social media. There is Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Attend conferences, reach out and gain knowledge by attending seminars and workshops. Somewhere in between if you have the right energy and fire to keep on going, you will meet the right people.

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6. I don’t have enough time

When you hear this from anyone, he really doesn’t want to start out. There is never enough time. We all have 24 hours every day. And that is it. If that is not enough to start the journey and hit the right buttons, then you really don’t want to go anywhere. Most successful entrepreneurs are effective time managers. They get more done within the allotted time they have. They love what they are doing so much that they wake up as early as possible to get started.

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Last Updated on January 27, 2021

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career, and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in your craft, it’s difficult to excel in your chosen career or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation. Visual learning is one way to do this, and it can be incredibly effective in helping you work better.

Content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, but you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

It all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts. Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However, I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles, which exist as part of the VARK model. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

  • Visual learning style (learning by seeing)
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information spoken or presented)
  • Read/Write learning style (learning that involves reading and writing texts)
  • Tactile/Kinesthetic learning style (learning by touching and doing)

For the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning.

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Are You a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

This may mean you prefer to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. It may also mean that you have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Visual Learner Infographic

    Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles[1]. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

    However, visual learning in particular can really boost your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not, and here’s why:

    Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory, which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[2]

    While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e. learning about human DNA).

    Visual learning does use a different part of the brain, and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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    By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

    How to Use Visual Learning for Success

    Here are 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

    1. Bring Back the To-Do List

    We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. However, written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

    While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

    I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

    2. Add Graphs, Charts, and Symbols to Reports

    Yes, it seems like more work for you, but graphs enable you to monitor the heartbeat of your business.

    Graphs and charts help you find trends in your finances, make a budget, and analyze data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and convert it to relevant information displayed in different shapes and images in a matter of minutes.

    As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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    When broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

    3. Effectively Brainstorm With Mind-Mapping

    With mind-mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole, which is a great way to tap into visual learning.

    Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare, while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

    It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

    Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

    Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

    4. Add Video Streaming to Meetings

    What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation?

    When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories as images in our minds.

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    For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance as people can see their colleagues in addition to whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

    Final Thoughts

    The question is not whether visual learning is better than the other learning styles. Each has their merits and situations where they will be most useful.

    The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

    You might discover that understanding scientific concepts is much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

    The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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