Invest In Yourself With Continuing Education
“It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves.” -Sir Edmund Hillary
The challenge with many people today is that they believe their education is completed when they graduate from college. The reality is that education is a lifetime process. A famous anonymous quote sums it up:
“You will be the same person you are today in five years, except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
I recently ready an alarming statistic that said something like 60% of college graduates will never again read a book start to finish for the rest of their lives. If that is true, it is a sad statistic. I believe it is partly true today because of all the other choices competing for our time and our entertainment desires.
Entertainment vs Education
My good friend, best-selling author, and mentor Brian Tracy taught me the most about investing in yourself. Brian says that on average most people will spend only 1 hour investing in themselves for every 40 hours they spend entertaining themselves. If this ratio is even half true, it shows what we set as our priorities are not always in our best interests.
The challenge is that we are bombarded by entertainment options that include:
- Surfing the internet
- Watching television
- Going to the movies
- Playing video games
- Attending athletic games
Not that there is anything wrong with enjoying these activities; the problem is that we can stunt our mental, emotional, and financial growth if we are focused on constantly creating the next “entertainment high”. What Brian Tracy believes we must do and has spent much of his life preaching is that we need to take 100% responsibility for our lives. If something is in our lives that we don’t like, we must take action to change it. So how do we change the things we don’t like?
How about educating ourselves with new information and applying new knowledge to old problems to achieve new, exciting and fulfilling results. Bottom line, we need to educate ourselves more and entertain ourselves less. Better yet, when we have a goal to achieve, a passion to do what we love, we will find ourselves entertained by the process of educating ourselves. So what are some ways we can change this ratio? How about instead of one hour of education for every 40 hours of entertainment, we spend 10 hours educating ourselves. In other words, apply the 4:1 ratio to your life.
Imagine how your life would change for the better if you spent 10 hours per week learning new skills, new strategies, new techniques, and new formulas to achieve your goals. Here are just a few examples of additional ways we can educate ourselves.
- Reading books
- Doing research on the Internet
- Listening to audio books/CDs in the car
- Attending seminars
- Making e-learning a part of our regimen
- Watching educational videos
**This is an excerpt from my book: “The Affluent Entrepreneur”
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