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Setting Standards Of Success

by Michelle LaBrosse

Many people make the mistake of thinking success is either lucky or there’s some magic mojo that is out of reach for them.

Both personally and professionally, I’ve found that success is actually quite simple.  It’s defining and following through on your standards for success.  Let me share with you what has worked for me and how I apply these standards of success to my passion for Project Management.

Levels of Learning:  Move from awareness to mastery

Your time is invaluable.  You want to spend it where it matters most.  That’s why when you learn, you want to make sure you move beyond the basics and transform your skills to mastery.  This has been the driving principle behind our course development and delivery at Cheetah Learning, and it has been my personal mantra when I look at my own development.

It’s not just what you learn.  It’s how you learn.

Today, it’s easy to get information.  The Internet.  Books.  Online articles.  Webinars.  Information is everywhere, but the key question is:  How do you retain the information you need and put it into action?

Most courses you take stay at the awareness and knowledge levels.  They never improve your skills or help you attain mastery.  That’s a key standard of success for us at Cheetah.  We focus on building your skills by applying the knowledge you have and developing mastery by showing you how to get consistently great results with your skills.

Where success happens

If your learning stays at the awareness and knowledge levels, your career and your opportunities for success are limited.  Success happens at the top of the pyramid with skillthe application of knowledge and masterythe ability to consistently get results with your skills.

Where is your learning happening?

Use your time wisely

Another standard for success is making the best use of your time.  When you learn, you want to make sure every moment is counts.  That’s why we believe that accelerated learning is the way to go.

The power of accelerated learning

Accelerated learning is a proven way to teach people new skills because it:

  • Improves your retention and your ability to apply the new knowledge.
  • Helps you quickly use what you've learned.
  • Benefits every project you tackle – personally and professionally.

Accelerated learning techniques were pioneered over 40 years ago in the teaching of foreign languages.  Since then, they have been applied to a wide variety of fields in business and in academia, as well as in the military to rapidly train people in a variety of areas.  These techniques use a combination of teaching principles to make you comfortable and create an environment where participation leads to learning, almost without any conscious effort.

An accelerated learning program is conducted as if the participants are playing a game and not actively engaged in a typical learning event.  There is a lengthy testing and revision process of courses developed with accelerated learning methods to make sure that every technique used achieves the desired learning outcomes for the participants.  The environment is tightly scripted in courses using accelerated learning to ensure participants leave with a high level of competency.

About The Author

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP is Founder & Chief Cheetah, Cheetah Learning and the author of The Know How Network monthly column. Distributed to hundreds of newsletters and media outlets around the world, the Know How Network brings the promise, purpose and passion of Project Management to people everywhere. Visit to learn more about Cheetah PM, the fastest way to learn about Project Management and get your PMP. You can also get your career in gear with CheetahWare, free Project Management tools. In a world that is moving full speed ahead, why leave any learning experience to chance? Experience accelerated learning in any of our Cheetah courses, and see why it is one of our standards of success at Cheetah Learning.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.