Never Stop Learning

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An essential element to success is continual learning and improvement.

Mary Beth Bryant, from, has been playing the cello for 20 years, and teaching for 10 – but that doesn’t mean she’s stopped learning.

“People who say they don’t need to learn any more scare me,” she says. “A true entrepreneur really respects that there’s always more to learn.”

She is always looking for opportunities to get better as an instrumentalist and as a teacher, and that kind of learning is critical in any business.

No one has it all figured out, and the moment you stop looking to get better is the moment someone else, who is looking for that edge, passes you by.

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