Take the time to see what’s going on around your neighborhood. If there are seminars or public programs to help you get start, then take advantage of them. If you look hard enough you’ll find free seminars and programs… Library anyone?
So Seminars, Knowledge for the sake of knowledge. A smidgen of power you weren’t aware of or hadn’t though to tap into. Lots of them out there you know. You should come to ours actually. What are they for? Well for the most part its to help give you information or to make you think about things in a different way.
A seminar on writing might have to do with the steps to form a novel. For one starting your own business it could be about setting up business plans or marketing. The one we run in our office is an overview of what we can do for you and how. A good seminar is not a course in the subject matter but an overview. Thinking you can learn everything there is to know about something in an hour or two is foolish. Even a day or two is unrealistic. Anytime you go to a seminar you should take notes, you should ask questions and those questions should lead you to do research to learn more on your own. A Seminar is a starting point, never the ending point.
Here is an example, as part of our seminar we talk about Mission Statements. No big deal right, and a lot of times people are thinking to themselves this is dumb, who cares. Then we explain why its important, not so much for the people you talk to although that is a good point of them, being able to articulate what you can do is a good thing. More because it helps keep you focused on your goals without boxing you in. Here is the thing though. Learning what it’s for is only the first step. Now they need to take that information and come up with one of their own. If they don’t then they got nothing worthwhile out of sitting in a room listening to us drone on about mission statements.
So by all means go to Seminars, expand your knowledge of things. Make sure you do more then sit there, though take note of what is said, and continue the learning process after its all over. Just showing up isn’t enough.