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Stefan Kazakis on 19 August 2017

Education and growth are not just about getting better but about getting broader. It’s not just about skills to do the job but skills to ensure you are doing the right things right. Education is about getting tighter and tighter with everything you do: your calendar, your thrive tasks, managing interruptions – everything we’ve looked at in this book.

Motivation by itself is not enough to ensure productivity and prosperity for your business; people need to be educated. You and your team need to learn the fundamentals of running a business.

The reason many people are happy to stay in mediocrity is they don’t know what they don’t know. They think they’ve reached their full potential already because they don’t know what else is out there. They don’t know that abundant opportunities are just around the corner. But the real problem comes when people learn what they could and should be doing and still do nothing about it. This is known as conscious incompetence: ‘I now know what I don’t know’. If you choose to do nothing at this point, then this is where your business will start to falter.

The more educated you are, the more motivated you will be to get great results and the more you will have the capacity to do that. If you become more skilled and more knowledgeable you will be able to see the path ahead, and this provides its own motivation. This becomes a cycle of positive reinforcement that leads to even better results.

When you hit a glass ceiling this indicates a need for more education. When you reach a point of frustration and you truly want to grow but you don’t know how, it’s time for more learning.

And whatever stage you are at, there is always more to learn. You will never ‘make it’. The moment you think you have ‘made it’ is the moment you and your business start going backwards. I have more to learn. We all do.

Are you at your full potential right now?

 “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” —Colin Powell

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