By Erin Daniels, The KNOW Women
Just as we fuel our bodies with food, it is just as important to fuel our minds with information for continued growth. Being self-motivated to continuously learn about our career and industry, our hobbies and passions, and the world around us, allows us to constantly develop and self-improve. Being a life-long learner results in developing new skill-sets, staying up-to-date with technology, and fostering innovation and creativity. In addition, furthering our education allows us to be better leaders, mentors, and entrepreneurs. When we learn for ourselves, we are able to help others at a greater capacity.
We asked our high-achieving KNOW women across North America about how they prioritize continuously learning, invest in future generations of female leaders, and choose career-changing mentors. Follow along on our four-part mini-series to see how these driven women are staying educated and using it to help the future women in business.
How do you continue to learn and better yourself on a daily basis?
I have a professional coach and I participate in mastermind groups. I am always listening to some sort of audiobook or podcast on life, parenting, business & money tips. I really try to grow in all areas of life. I want to be an all-around great role model for my kids.
– Suzi Freeman, The Suicide Prevention Project
To continue my development, I focus on two things daily – inner work and skills up-leveling. I meditate and journal daily to stay connected to myself. Alternatively, as a done-for-you service, I have to keep my skills sharp so I’m always studying, learning, and testing with the tools I use.
– Jennifer Lawrence, Jenerosity Partners
Minding my self-talk, reading inspirational articles, daily affirmations, helping others and refusing to believe in negativity in all areas. There are no mistakes, only learning opportunities.
– Mary Beth Link, Monzingo LLC
Part of my morning routine is to listen to motivational and educational podcasts. I never want to stop learning and improving myself and pursue professional designations within my field. I’m also part of several book clubs that hold me accountable to read on a daily basis.
– Alison Stine, Stine Wealth Management
I love to learn, so setting aside time each morning to read and then applying what I’ve learned that morning during my day has proven a tremendous way to better myself each day.
–Pamela S. Williamson Ph.D, WBEC-West
Finding a ‘lifetime learner’ mindset and the humility to know that I don’t know everything has drastically changed the value I bring to my clients. I’ve created a culture where my clients are always welcome to ask me anything, and questions are often outside of my area of expertise. Instead of giving the standard answer “you should ask your accountant/lawyer etc”, I say “let me find that out for you”. Not only does this constantly give me the opportunity to learn on a daily basis, but it also deepens my relationships with my clients and referral partners and shows that I genuinely care.
Jenna Biancavilla, Pearl Capital Management
I am committed to a process of introspection and self-reflection through journaling daily. This allows me to anticipate hurdles, prepare a game-plan, and also see my progress over time.
Katie Berkey, Esq., AICP, Becker & Poliakoff