The Dreaded Learning Curve

Learning CurveThe Dreaded Learning Curve

One of my 10 realizations  when first starting the business – No. 4 to be exact – was truly understanding and knowing  that  I absolutely had to deal with a LEARNING CURVE – the dreaded learning curve —  to everything I was learning.  Some learning curves were steeper than others, some took less time than others, and there were those that seemed like forever before I “got  it”.

In my earlier post on the learning curve issue, I used the example of setting up a blog,  but here I am many months later still dealing with the learning curve on yet another issue. I am again resigned to knowing that all new things require a learning curve.

My example for today is learning Lead Pages.

I had come to a place in my business when I decided it was really time to learn Lead Pages. especially since I had already paid for two months. Besides spending  only a couple of hours learning how to put together a generic Thank you Page  when I first purchased it, I hadn’t looked at Lead Pages since then. But the time had come for me to have to learn Lead Pages. It was either learn it or continue paying others to create those opt in and capture pages for me. I couldn’t progress in the business without it.

Stay determined

So I started again. – from scratch. I spent 6 hours watching a training video. It took me the  first 2 1/2 hours  to create the Thank you page I had  already created 2 months earlier, but had deleted because I was unsure about it.  Was it a sound Page? I wasn’t sure, so I just deleted it.

I also felt the need to create a list of items that I would need to follow up on  because I didn’t understand what they were, what they did, and why I needed to know about them.  Terms like :

  • exp
  • html codes
  • input id
  • tracking for Facebook integration
  • conversion pixels
  • pasting in url and choosing where I want  the url to go
  • connecting with Linkedin
  • couldn’t get picture to load in the the thank you page
  • what is the significance of  adding “powered by Lead pages” in the footer of the Thank You Page
  • how to do the signature
  • connecting with webinars
  • integration with AWeber
  • email provider – do they mean Comcast or Aweber (turns out they meant Aweber)

That was the first 6-hour day. The second 6-hour day consisted of looking at the video again, several times as a matter of fact, while at the same time putting together an actual Lead Page.

Learning Curve can be an excruciating process

As I write this post today, I was thinking back on those two full days when I was learning Leadpages and remembering that  the process was excruciating. I worked hard over those 12 hours  watchingd the training videos many times over and over and over and over.  I got frustrated and had to talk myself into continuing. Luckily, I was persistent, and didn’t let it go. I needed to learn how to do it.

And in the end I did create a LeadPage capture page!!

Thinking on it now still makes me proud. I did good!

So now that you know there is a learning curve, what do you do about it?

First realize that there  is going to be a learning curve.  Don’t reject the idea but embrace it.  Then do it no matter what, learn it until you get.

Second, realize that all things take time, and the best way to get better at anything is practice. If you try something once and it doesn’t work out, that doesn’t mean that you’re horrible at it. It just means that you need practice. Keep trying. Keep doing.  If you fall down, get back up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward.

Third, we need to realize that we’re not going to be perfect at everything. And that’s okay. We’re all good at different things, and that’s part of the beauty of all of this. It’s unfortunate that in today’s modern era, we seem to think that we all need to be able to do everything.

Oh by the way there is also the re-learning part that comes later. I know that even though I  learned it once, I will  have to refresh my memory and rel-learn the next time I create another capture page. But over time, the re-learning and doing over and over and over again should result in the learning curve getting smaller and smaller until the process is pretty much engrained in the mind.

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