The greatest gift you can give yourself, the wisest business investment you will ever make, is investing in your personal development. I am such a firm believer and advocate of investing in yourself that we hand every new employee CDs, books, and access to a digital personal development library. Why? Investing in the development of people is one of the largest competitive advantages you can create. When people ask me how they can advance in their careers, I tell them to spend as much time working on themselves as they are spending on their work.
Learning doesn’t start or stop at school, through reading, or with great teachers. It also doesn’t start or stop with learning from your mistakes or from advice from friends. Continuous learning is a combination of all these things and so much more. When was the last seminar or adult-education class you attended simply to improve yourself? Think about it and make that change. Only you are challenging and developing yourself. Be open to learning and sharpening your skills. Investing in yourself means to never stop learning.
Sharpen your axe. Read just one chapter of an information-rich, inspiring book every day. Listen to 15 minutes of a life-transforming audio. Take a course or seminar every few months. Most of your life — 99.9 percent– is made up of things you do on automatic pilot. It’s essential that you take charge of your automatic pilot’s training and never stop investing in yourself.