“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge” – Stephen Hawking.
Learning isn’t a time-bound phenomenon. It is common knowledge that ‘knowledge’ is infinite. Many times, you may feel that you know much more than your neighbor, and you assume that you have all the tools you need to get to the top. Although confidence is necessary for getting your start-up off the ground, the illusion of knowledge is sure to sabotage your dreams.
Co-working itself is a concept that thrives on sharing ideas, knowledge, and skills so that all individuals grow together and become better at their craft. You get to interact with people from different fields of work, allowing you to broaden your horizons as an individual or an entrepreneur. Books will only get you so far, it is an experience that will imbibe in you the qualities you need to get ahead of the competition.
This is why co-working events are so important for all start-ups and entrepreneurs and should not be taken lightly. This is where you get a front row street where you can listen to experienced and successful entrepreneurs as they walk you through their journey from the very start. There is so much to learn from their achievements, even more, to learn from their mistakes. Making mistakes is important, but if you get a ready answer before taking an ill-fated dive; you get to avoid these mistakes and progress faster.
Events also help you in improving your public speaking skills. No matter how great your product or ideas are, if you can’t explain them to people, they will die a slow death in your laptop. Different types of people will require different explanations, and events help you streamline your words so that you are clear and understandable to your entire audience. Where your investor is only concerned about the finances and business plan, the end-user cares about user experience. Building a solid vocabulary goes far in getting your word across. You may ramble on for hours, but the best entrepreneurs know how to get their ideas across in just a few words. Events help you practice your pitch, reevaluate your ideas and polish them so that they are ready for the World.
Another great thing about co-working events is that you always stay up to date about what is happening in the start-up World. Maybe the tech you’re using is going to be obsolete by the time you launch, or maybe your product is similar to 10 other companies. The only way to know is to stay updated about your competition.
So pick up your notebook, and head to the nearest start-up event. There is so much knowledge out there to gauge! Don’t stay in your shell, break out and learn with the best. Co-working is co-learning, and you are sure to succeed.