Make Money Online – Learning
I think that probably one of the most underrated and least talked about and taught items in Internet Marketing, and all types of online entrepreneurship, is the importance of learning. All too often, focus is diverted from learning, most often for “we do it for you” baloney. One of the most incredible things about the human mind is its ability to learn, and the ability to continue learning throughout our lifetime. In fact, Paul Reber, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, wrote*:
“The human brain consists of about one billion neurons. Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections. If each neuron could only help store a single memory, running out of space would be a problem. You might have only a few gigabytes of storage space, similar to the space in an iPod or a USB flash drive. Yet neurons combine so that each one helps with many memories at a time, exponentially increasing the brain’s memory storage capacity to something closer to around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes). For comparison, if your brain worked like a digital video recorder in a television, 2.5 petabytes would be enough to hold three million hours of TV shows. You would have to leave the TV running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all that storage.”
A storage capacity of roughly 2.5 petabytes. I think it is safe to say that it would be pretty close to impossible to reach the learning capacity of a human brain in your lifetime. But, with that said, it does seem that a lot of people willingly choose to stop learning, at least in things that can help them improve their life, or the lives of others.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Chinese Proverb
Sure, someone can promise to do the things you could do for you, most often at a price and “feed” you. Or, you can learn how they do it, and then feed yourself for a lifetime, with less out-of-pocket expense. And, we all know, less out-of-pocket expense equals a healthier bottom line.
“Knowledge is power.” – Francis Bacon
With the advent of ever-growing expanse of the internet, learning, especially free learning, has never been more attainable. Twenty years ago, if you wanted to learn about business on your own, you would need to go to a library and spend hours finding books on your subject. Skip ahead twenty years, and you only have to type a keyword or two and behold you are presented with millions of records. For instance, take Make Money Online and enter it into Google. “About 565,000,000 results”. About 565 million hits. Try Internet Marketing. About 337 million hits. 337 million references and potential training materials on internet marketing and making money online.
Granted, there is a lot of “fluff” and outright scams buried in those results, but there is also a plethora of information that can help you succeed in any aspect of your life. The great thing about the internet is that, no matter what your passion, or how “weird” your passion is, someone, somewhere on this earth, shares that same passion. Normally, a lot more than you would think. And, if you can learn more about that passion than them, you have just realized a niche market.
The bottom line is that regardless of what you do, what you want to do, what you dream of, continue learning. Never lose the eagerness to learn.