Becoming more valuable gradually happens over time. I’ve been there myself. I remember my first gig where I was being paid just a little over minimum wage as a consultant back in 2008 to now where I can command way more than that just for my time and thoughts in certain businesses. What I can tell you is this, the best way to make sure that your professional growth reaches its full potential is that you INVEST IN YOURSELF. This is how you build your credibility & skills necessary for you to offer better products and/or services to much higher paying clients/customers.
Below are the 5 ways to invest in yourself:
CERTIFICATIONS | When you earn certifications, you gain a leverage against some of your competition. Not really a guarantee, but a slight advantage. Do research about the professional certifications regarding your chosen industry or which type of business you’re dedicated to. Most are now offered online through ONLINE COURSES. This is best for those who are consulting, coaching and offer professional services.
ASSOCIATIONS | When you become a member of a various industry professional associations, it gives you three things: Credibility, referrals and a bigger network of connections.
SEMINARS/CONFERENCES/WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS | When you attend these types pf events, you get new information and a vast number of new contacts you can add to your arsenal for your business growth. You can research through trade and professional associations for more information on which one you want to participate.
CONTINUED EDUCATION ONLINE | No matter the circumstances, it is imperative that you keep your skills sharp, remain relevant, know what’s current, learn trends or pick up something new with free or paid online courses. There are thousands of choices you can find at: Open University on iTunes U, Udemy, LinkedIn Learning Courses including Academic Institutions that offer MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).
READ BOOKS | You can read the hardbound copies of books or download e-books. I prefer reading hardbound books and having a handy highlighter pen to note important things that I’m able to pick up from the best writers I can find. Make it a point to read at least 1 to 2 books a month. I read at least 3-5 books a month depending on my schedule. I reserve 2 times during the day to read books, 1 in the morning for 30-45 minutes and in the evening for about an hour or so prior to going to bed (instead of holding my phone). My wife usually finds me sleeping with a book on my chest in the morning. One thing I can tell you about reading non-fictional books is this: “READERS ARE LEADERS.”
With so much more free time in our hands now due to the pandemic, there’s really no excuse now for us to not take advantage of all this added new free time to invest in ourselves even more. Take time to prioritize your personal and business growth by investing in your future.
Question of the day: Which of these 5 have you heavily invested on for yourself?
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