Chapter 20. Invest in self-development
By failing to prepare,
you are preparing to fail. ― Benjamin Franklin
The single most important thing
you can do to increase your self-worth,
improve your results,
and make yourself more important.
to the company
is to do better
and better at what matters most to you.
Personal growth should be an ongoing process
in your daily time use priorities.
This is a key time management function
that can lead you to senior executive positions and beyond.
Make time in your schedule
to continue learning and growing.
There is a basic principle of personal development
that you cannot go further than
where you are today with the knowledge
and skills you have.
To go further and advance your career,
you must accumulate more knowledge.
You have to learn more to be able to earn more.
Action expresses priorities. ― Mahatma Gandhi
Continuous and non-stop improvement
Take action to grow and improve yourself every day.
If you spend 1 hour/ a day reading
to help increase your productivity,
you will be in the top 1% of society in just 5 years.
Listen to training programs as you travel by car.
Today, nearly all of the finest information
and ideas ever expressed in English
or any other language are available
as audio recordings on CD
or downloadable to phones and tablets.
The average commuter spends 500 to 1,000 hours
in a car each year,
which equates to 12 or 20 40-hour weeks,
or 1 to 2 semesters at college.
This means you can get almost the same benefit
as a regular college education just
by turning travel time into study time.
If you’re not listening to audio recordings
in your car or on the go,
you’re missing out on one of the great learning opportunities.
A lot of people don’t do well simply
because they major in minor things. ― Jim Rohn
Attend seminars taught by experts
Attend seminars taught by experts in your field
at least 4 times a year.
Be actively looking for these workshops.
Be willing to go the distance to learn
from the best in your field.
It is essential that you attend seminars taught
by people who have real-world experience
and have achieved success in your field.
Try to avoid lectures
and seminars from university professors
who write stories from their ivory towers.
They rarely have practical experience
and what they teach is often only academically correct
but has no practical value.
It will be nearly impossible
for you to apply their ideas
to get better results at work.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy
of things which matter least. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe