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I had read Rich Dad Poor Dad a few years ago and the book has a profound effect on me. Rich Dad Poor Dad is a personal finance book and it was written by Robert Kiyosaki. In the book, he talks about how we should manage our cash flow and what should we do to get out of the rat race. One particular idea caught my attention and it was the part where he mentioned that he will never fail to invest in educating and upgrading himself. He is a millionaire and a great property investor, but he still consistently invests the money in his own education to upgrade his knowledge.
This idea of consistent growth and upgrading make sense to me. If you are looking to achieve anything in life, YOU will need to be in action. This means that how well you do will affect what type of results you receive. The better you are in what you are doing the better the results you will receive. In another word, you are your biggest leverage.
Investing In Yourself
Let us have a show of hand; have anyone set the intention to invest in their own education and skills this year? If you had, give yourself a pat on your back. If you have not, now is the time to give this idea some serious thoughts.
Most of us after we had graduated from the school system, we will start to slow down with our learning rate. Think about when is the last time you had picked up a book, attended seminars or classes after you had graduated? If it is rarely, then you will have to get yourself off the couch and start learning again. Don’t ever have the thinking that your learning stops after school. In fact, true learning starts after school.
“It is the studying that you do after your school days that really counts. Otherwise, you know only that which everyone else knows.”
If you take a look at people around you who are doing well and successful, you will find that they are constantly upgrading themselves by going for seminars, classes or reading books related to the field that they are working in. There is a strong correlation between the amount of time you spent upgrading yourselves and the success you have in life.
Ways To Grow Yourself
There are a few ways that you can use to grow yourself. Here are some of them.
1. Visit your local library
The library is a great place to learn. There are a wide range of books and audio books out there that are available for loan. Another great thing about it is that everything is free. You can also kick start your education by downloading my free ebook, “Unleash Your Maximum Potential“. In the book there will be specific steps that teach you on how to awaken your sleeping genius and start achieving again.
2. Audio books
If you spend a lot of time commuting, don’t waste those time away. Imagine wasting 2 hours on commuting to and fro from your work place every day. You will be wasting 730 hours every year doing nothing which is approximately a month time.
Go out there and grab a book from a library, local bookstore or Amazon. Make full use of the time by reading a book. If you are driving or you prefer to listen instead of reading, I highly recommend you to visit Nightingale Conant. The website consists of audio books by established personal development authors such as Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy and Dr Wayne Dyer. You can download them and listen to the audio books as you commute.
3. Attend seminars
Seminars are always packed with useful information. Make it a point to attend at least a seminar per year. I had attended a few seminars back in 2009 (Anthony Robbins UPW Singapore 2009) and I had picked up lots of useful knowledge. It is also a place where you can find like minded people and start to network with them. Networking through seminars can get you some great contacts and you never know that you may meet someone who will become your future joint venture partner.
Tony Robbins had mentioned, “If you are not growing, you are dying.” There are only 2 ways on a ladder. You either go up or down. Choose to climb up and reach for the success you want by starting to invest in yourself. You are the greatest tool that is bestowed to you in life.
If you choose not to upgrade this tool and let it stay the same as it is, you will only be able to tackle small challenges that only gives you mediocre results. However if you upgrade yourself constantly, only then you will be able to tackle larger challenges that give you excellent rewards.
Constant and never ending improvement