There are people who consider ongoing education essential, who think that in order to really feel alive, they must be growing, developing and learning. They may not be even be seeking self improvement as such, or looking to make any changes in their lives. They may just have a thirst for knowledge and feel that lifelong learning is a goal in itself.
Not everyone is that way inclined, but any person whose personal knowledge is not, at the very least, keeping up with the general knowledge and developments in their field, runs the risk of losing their job, and then having difficulty in finding a new one.
People who are ambitious and have plans for their future know that the most important and valuable work they will ever do is the work they do on themselves. To quote Jim Rohn – “To Have More Than You’ve Got, Become More Than You Are”.
Self Improvement is undoubtedly important, and anyone really can have anything they want from life, and be anything they want to be, if they’re prepared to make the plans, take the actions, and pay the price.
Time and money spent on furthering your own education, skills and knowledge will be the best investment you’ll ever make for your future. It’s been said many times that leader are readers. It’s also been said that any problem that you could ever have has been solved by someone, and that the solution will have been recorded for posterity. Whatever it is you want to know, you can almost certainly find recorded it in a book, on the internet, or in another medium. You can gain knowledge that would otherwise take you many years of experience and trial and error to obtain simply by reading a single book written by an expert.
No matter what you want to achieve from your life, there is no doubt that the more books you read, the more audio programs you listen to, the more seminars or courses you attend, the more you will know about your specialist field or area of interest. You will become highly employable and earn more within your chosen field, or will be well placed to move into new areas, or to set up and successfully run your own business.
Only you can decide what you want from your life and what will make you happy. Nobody else is responsible for your happiness, your success, or what you make of your life. And nobody else is responsible for your lack of happiness or success, or if you do nothing more with your life than just about get by.
The important thing to realize is that it’s all your choice, and that your attitude to personal development, growth and self education will be one of the most decisive factors in how your life turns out.
“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts