"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune."
This quote came from the late Jim Rohn; a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author who sadly passed away in 2009.
Two specific skill sets which made the former entrepreneur successful included a good work ethic and asking the right questions.
Growing up on a small farm in the state of Washington, Rohn was imbedded with a strong work ethic at a very young age; a trait which would carry over into his professional career.
In addition to his approach toward work, Rohn had a thirst for knowledge; knowledge which equipped him with the necessary information needed to become successful.
The former rural farmhand began his corporate career working as a sales clerk for Sears and later as a distributor for a nutritional supplement company called AbundaVista. After a few years, Rohn accepted a position at another nutritional supplement company, Nutri-Bio, where the company founder and CEO took Rohn under his wing to mentor him As a result of the intense on-the-job learning and experience Rohn received, he went on to build one of the largest organizations in the company, eventually earning the title of Vice President.
Later in life, Rohn pursued his passion to become full-time motivational speaker, offering words of hope, wisdom and encouragement to current and future entrepreneurs.
There are countless stories, like Rohn's, where people find success through self-education; take for instance Christopher Paul Garner. At the lowest point in his life, Garber was homeless, taking part in an unpaid internship for Dean Witter Reynolds firm, working as a salesman during his off time, and raising a young son.
Garner had no college education or previous stockbrokerage experience. Therefore he studied harder, asked the right questions, and learned from his mistakes and failures.
His hard work and drive for knowledge rewarded him with a job at Dean Witter Reynolds firm. Today, he is a self made millionaire and CEO of his own stockbrokerage firm.
Look, hard work is necessary if you are going to succeed as an entrepreneur. However, hard work alone is not enough. You have to continually be seeking information and knowledge if you want to stay competitive in your specific market.
No one becomes an entrepreneur to simply survive; they chose a self-employed career because of a passion within to succeed, or the opportunity to make a difference.
Hard work will pay off, however does your hard work include asking the right questions and actively seeking answers you need to push your business to the next level?
This is exactly why you should attend EntreFEST happening May 14 - 16 in Iowa City, Iowa.
The conference includes successful entrepreneur speakers who know what success entails; presenting techniques and strategies to benefit your individual operation.
Plus, the conference includes scheduled breakout sessions to network with other entrepreneurs and small business leaders; discussing challenges and brainstorming ideas.
This is your chance to become part of a platform to seek the answers you need.
So don't miss your chance to attend EntreFEST! Click here for more information and to register today!