Taking the time to learn and grow is the best investment you could make for yourself.
In the typical workplace, you go to the training that matches the growth your employer wants to see.
So you go, feet dragging to an after-hours training, or even worse, a weekend training.
In business, education and other industries you connect learning to forced professional development.
Wait, did you shudder at the thought of professional development?
The thought of learning does not have to be dreadful! There are so many resources for entrepreneurs and personal development.
Remember how cool it was to learn something new in school? Some things felt right!
There is nothing more empowering than choosing to learn. And there is no doubt that are more likely to remember the information when you enjoy what you're learning.
People who take the time to learn more become the go-to experts. So boost your authority and invest in learning today!
The best learning is not forced. Take charge and choose the learning opportunities that will inspire you.
How does learning improve you?
You work hard enough! Taking the time to learn is a massive contributor to you working smarter, not harder with all the new information you learned!
The more you learn, the more you grow. Why wouldn't you want that?
If you're thinking,
"I spend too much time at work already. I don't want to do more work,"
You may need to reconsider your career or business choices. Don't you want to look forward to improvement?
Ask the most successful people you know. They never stop learning or seeking personal growth.
The value of improvement: how much is your free time worth?
Challenge yourself to learn more about something that you're curious or interested in.
Try committing the first 30 minutes of your everyday to learning. This amazing habit will eventually become natural for you, but you must dedicate your time!
Later, you can share your discovered skills with colleagues or in a job interview.
You might be so inspired by what you've learned that you decide to take the risk and run your own business.
Time is money, and you don't have to waste either.
The point is to start by investing your time first. You do not need to get another degree for personal development. And you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on a virtual course to start.
Think of all the free and accessible sources out there!
Invest your time with these 5 best places to start learning
1. Allow the experts on youtube to be your teacher for the day.
All items on this list are easy to find. But this one, in particular, is the easiest!
If you use Youtube you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Go on Youtube and search the topic of whatever you want to learn about.
Now find the video you wish to watch, and your searching effort is over!
As you create the habit of learning on youtube. The site will customize your homepage to match your history. before you know it, you will see a different experts and subjects that mirrors what you already like.
2. Read a book!
Your local library should have a selection of professional development books. And if that's not your thing, audiobooks may be it! Also, most libraries partner with apps so you can check out digital books and audiobooks for free!
3. Subscribe to a blog you will look forward to reading
There is more of a process to writing blogs so you can trust that what you're reading is pretty accurate. Plus, If you find a blogger with a writing voice that you feel relates to you, that is a major win!
4. Listen to Podcasts
Podcasts are one of the easiest ways to stay informed and current on topics.
You are bound to catch meaningful information even if you don't sit and listen from start to finish.
So if you hear anything notable, write it down!
You can find a podcast about pretty much anything. You need to look! Find a few podcasters who have relatable content that you want to listen to.
5. Follow the Experts on Your Social Media.
Take full advantage of learning from the experts sharing on social media
I am not ashamed to say that I found my business mentors and friends on Instagram and Facebook groups.
Social platforms give us direct access to experts. So reach out to them, send a DM or encouraging message if it's meaningful!
Chances are, they will message you in return.
Don't be afraid to be this engaged with the people you are following. They want you to engage with them!
Find the best learning tool for you with one search.
The web has a plethora of learning resources. You know this!
Gone are the days when you put yourself through training that won't inspire you. Get out there, put your blue light glasses on, learn something new, and apply your new learning!