Invest 3% in Yourself

When is the last time you invested in improving your skills and abilities? I’m not talking about the talents you were born with. I’m talking about building those natural strengths into skills that will make you an expert in your field, a success in your career and connect you to meaningful work.

Supplement those talents by investing time and money in you. Experts recommend committing to continuous, never-ending self-improvement, professionally and personally. Consider adopting one of these habits to invest in yourself:

  1. Invest 3% in You – Spend 3 percent of your income on personal development through training, education, research, certifications or other methods to upgrade your skills and abilities.
  2. Read & Take Notes – Read for at least one hour a day in your chosen field and note information that you can use right away.
  3. Create a Mobile Classroom – Make the most of the time you spend in your car by listening to podcasts and audio books that will feed your brain.

To become truly effective and more successful, top executives identify and work on one skill at a time until they master it (according to Geoffrey Calvin’s book, Talent is Overrated). What is the skill that you want to improve upon? How are you going to do that?

This post was inspired by Brian Tracey’s book, The Power of Self-Confidence.

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