Not in the traditional “go out there and be a killing machine” sense (insert Jaws theme music), but in the sense that some sharks (not all sharks mind you, but that’s a lesson for another time) must remain in motion to live. Being in constant motion is required to keep them alive. To them, movement is just a part of life, its unnoticeable, a habit. Apply the same concept to our business, and never stop moving forward.
The analogy we’re trying to make is that in business it’s important to never stop moving. Education does not stop after you get a degree, land a job, or more importantly, start your own business. Make some time to ensure you are continuing to learn, push boundaries, explore styles. We have seen too many businesses that get complacent. They stop pushing forward, or learning, and get comfortable. Unfortunately, we’ve seen some of these companies struggle to try to catch back up. Others, we have watched die completely. We’re not saying you can’t or shouldn’t take a breather, enjoy some success, but anything beyond that and you start to risk falling too far behind in a constantly evolving digital landscape. As styles, trends and technologies change, it’s easy to fall behind and become reactive instead of proactive. Being reactive means constantly reacting to change, instead of being a part of it, or better yet driving it.
How do you do that?
Find some resources appropriate for your market, customers and/or business and revisit them often. Learning a couple little things every day, or a few a week can make a big difference.