Most business owners, executives and sales professionals will tell you that they are committed to growing their sales, companies, teams, etc. But the real secret to achieving growth in business is to commit to personal growth. It has been said that if you are not growing you are dying. That is true for both businesses and individuals. What was the last book you read, class you took, seminar you attended or webinar you viewed?
I have heard it said by many people that where you will be in the future depends upon the books you read, the people you associate with, and the actions you take. This week’s tip is about committing to a program of lifetime learning and then implementing it.
You are either growing or dying, so what are you doing to grow? Can you commit to one or more of the following?
- Read a book about business, sales, leadership or motivation next month
- Attend a seminar or workshop – this can be free or paid as long as there is value
- Buy or download CD’s, DVD’s, or MP3’s and then watch, listen and learn
- Subscribe to a trade or business magazine and then read it when it comes
- Look up local classes in your area and sign up to learn something new
As a coach, it is very important for me to always be adding to my knowledge base. I personally am committed to reading a business or motivational book each week, spending 2 hours or more listening to CD’s (great use of time in the car) and attending at least one seminar or workshop every quarter. What level of commitment do you have to your own growth and development?
You have to learn more to earn more so what are you learning? Congratulations, you have already taken the first steps by picking up this book and reading this far. Now, continue the trend by making the commitment.
If you feel you don’t have the time to be reading, listening, watching and attending to add to your personal growth, take a look at how you are spending your time now. Do you watch mindless television, read trashy novels, and skim through gossip magazines? Surely you can trade some of the time you spend doing those activities to work on improving yourself. A lifetime of learning will provide you with a lifetime of value.