She reminded me that when you are passionate about your calling, you want to be known as being best in your field. It really doesn’t matter if you’re job is cleaning toilets, a secretary, Realtor, writer, banker or even Richard Branson, if you desire excellence and to make a difference, you need to take pride in your work and continually work at improving.
Many of us, at a certain point in our career stop learning and growing, even when we aren’t as successful as we want to be. Why is that? Maybe we’re too busy and don’t think we have the time. Maybe we don’t want to spend the money. Maybe we think things are as good as we can expect them to get. Or maybe we’ve just become complacent. Does any of this sound familiar?
Where are you in your career? Before you answer, take a long hard look at where you are and what you’re doing. Is your business still growing? Have you hit a plateau? Do you want a promotion? Do you want to grow your business or improve your performance? Do you want to be the go to person or be known as the expert?
In the beginning of your career you learn and read as much about your field as you possible can. You spend hours researching the job, as well as other people in your field, and study the latest publications. As you become more successful, more confident, and busier, maybe you start to think, “I just don’t have enough time to spend doing that kind of thing any more.” “Its just not that important.” Or “I can’t spend the money on going to that convention, I need to put it back in my business.”
People, who are successful, continually invest in themselves. They look at the big picture, and are proactive in making themselves the best. So how do you become the best? It only takes three simple steps.
- Read at least sixty minutes in your field a day. Did you know that if you read an hour a day every day in any given subject, that in five years you’ll be an expert? Remember though that technology and the market are constantly changing so when the five years are up you can’t stop learning.
- Listen to educational audio programs in your car. The average American spends 101 hours in their car each day! Why not take advantage of the time by listening to educational audio programs. (It will also help take your mind off of the traffic).
- Attend courses and seminars in your field regularly. As a rule of thumb you should invest at least 3% of your income back into yourself. That means that if your making $50,000 a year you should be investing at least $1,500 in yourself for further education; through classes, books, seminars and conventions. In this case more is better. The more you invest the better you’ll become!
Not everyone works just so they can retire early, although there’s nothing wrong with that. Maybe you’d rather leave a legacy and make contribution to society. Just think of all the wonderful things you could do if you had a lot of money! What charities would you support? Maybe you could start a program to help underprivileged or special needs children? Maybe create a scholarship for teenagers learning your field? The possibilities are endless!
Don’t be selfish and think you don’t need a lot of money. Think instead about the good you can do with it! Make a plan and take the time to invest in yourself so you can achieve your goals and make a real difference in the world!
If you’ve lost your passion there are other things you can do to get that spark back, but that’s a subject for another day. If you can’t wait, give me a call and we can create a plan together to get it back. Until then, be empowered and live with intention!