Quote: “Always do your very best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino
Some skills are absolutely essential to your fulfilling your peak potential. If you do not continue to develop those skills then you risk jeopardizing your career and financial goals. Knowledge is doubling faster than in years past, so you must be stubborn, doggedly so about increasing your skills.
Don’t fall into the trap of saying I went to school and I have a degree. That’s great if you do, but be aware that unless you keep current and up-to-date in your field, you will get left behind. If you had to have surgery, would you want the doctor that only has his/her degree, but has never bothered to stay up-to-date on the latest advancements or would you want the opposite? Me too! (I’m hoping you chose the former).
To succeed in life, you need leverage. Leverage is defined as the power to act effectively. You can show that you are acting effectively by learning as much as you can on a continual basis in your niche area. You need to have skill advantages over the next person that will be your leverage in the workplace.
A great resource that I use is Lynda.com. It’s a great way to stay up to date on your skills, without having to go back to school. You can do it all online. I’ve also taken classes with ed2go.com. This is also a reasonably priced website that allows you to be in a classroom setting, except it’s online. Also be sure to check out your local community classes for a few classes you can take at night. Do whatever you have to do in order to use your leverage to get the job of your dreams.
Action Item: In what areas do you have “leverage?” What are you an expert in? Continue to hone those skills.