Anytime you try to learn anything new it takes lots of practice. I’m trying to learn Spanish with Rosetta Stone and it is day after day of constant repetition. The same goes with learning a new golf or tennis stroke or mastering a musical instrument. The instructions are the same practice, practice, practice. Why should launching a new product or idea be any different? How many of us have learned more by our errors than by our successes?
The Gwinnett Innovation Park Nspire Companies are practicing everyday. Some days are more productive than others, but no matter if it’s a good day or bad they are learning valuable lessons in the process of their practice.
Excerpts from the following article by Marty Zwilling on StartupProfessional.com outlines the benefits of practice when launching a start-up.
Why Being a Successful Entrepreneur Takes Practice
Entrepreneurs seem more quickly frustrated these days when their “million-dollar idea” doesn’t turn into a sustainable business overnight. They don’t realize that it takes many skills to build a business under the best of circumstances, and today’s world of instant gratification doesn’t leave room for the patience and practice to develop these skills.
Building a business is a complex task, like building the product or service, and requires the same focus, discipline, and practice to get it right. Even the revered Steve Jobs of Apple didn’t get it all right the first time.
In his latest book, “The Practicing Mind,” Thomas M. Sterner outlines how people learn the necessary skills for any aspect of life, from golfing to business. He emphasizes the importance of a practicing mindset, and provides some clues on how to offset our modern culture of habitual multitasking, short attention spans, and giving up quickly in the face of any setback.
He believes that creating the practicing mind, and acquiring any skill, without stress and futility, comes down to following a few simple disciplines:
- Keep yourself process-oriented.
- Stay in the present.
- Make the learning process your goal.
- Be deliberate, and keep a clear picture of your destination.
Practice is required to replace bad and unproductive habits, like too much multitasking, with desirable habits, like solving important challenges more often than the crisis of the moment. Building new good habits is important, since they allow you to do required things effortlessly and without overt planning each time.
Practice is the required repetition on this action with patience, until it’s effective and automatic.
Successful professionals actually enjoy honing their skills through practice.
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