One of the biggest mistakes any young entrepreneur can make is to begin to believe they know everything there is to know about their particular field of business. There is always more to learn, and if you don’t believe it, just wait and see what your competition teaches you next year when they run you out of business. If you want to stay on top of your game, the best thing you can do–if you have not done so already–is avail yourself of a couple of business courses at the local community college. These courses can teach you something you didn’t know yesterday, which will better prepare you for tomorrow. You have to assume that your competition has done their homework and is working twice as hard as you are. If you’re to stay competitive, sign up for a class and see what you can learn. Starting a small business on your own can be a powerful learning experience. But your learning is going to be limited to what you experience through your own mistakes and triumphs. Better people than you have been down the path before you, and their knowledge is there for the taking. You would be a fool to pass up any opportunity to learn from those with more experience and more education. It can only help your business to succeed. If you find yourself immersed in lessons you don’t believe will help you, simply discard them. No one’s saying you have to put everything you learn to use. God forbid! American business would be nowhere if it wasn’t for those select few who have had the ingenuity and intelligence to forge their own paths. But extra knowledge has never hurt anyone, and it won’t hurt you. It can only help. As well as providing you with an education, business classes can serve to inspire you. A business class may be just the thing you need to give you that hot idea that was just out of reach for so long. You may learn some techniques and ways to handle employees or customers in a way you never thought of before. These ideas can be invigorating to someone who has spent the last year or two immersed so deeply in their business they could hardly come up for air. A second opinion or a fresh perspective is sometimes just the ticket to see things in a slightly new light and get a renewed confidence going forward. Whatever your reasons for taking a business course, the end result will be a benefit to your business. You don’t have to have an MBA to make a success of yourself in this country, but knowledge, as cliche as it sounds, is power. If you fail to learn all you can about your chosen profession, you are inviting others to succeed where you will not. Sign up for a course that sounds interesting and see what effect it has. It could be just the thing you’ve been searching for.