Not so long ago, the defining point in a person’s life was choosing a career – one thing that you will do for the rest of your life, and proper education for it. In today’s fluctuating business environment, those careers either didn’t make it or they evolved to such extent, that they are barely comparable to the earlier versions.
With the constant improving of technology and job requirements with it, a major change was brought to your everyday life, because constant learning and improvement became a must for virtually every job in the world. With it, two issues were most notable: the ability to easily acquire new knowledge, which is associated with the older generations and the ability to stay focused, usually attributed to the new generations.
To overcome these issues, people have to use new learning techniques and concepts. Short courses and self-training manuals are readily available online for every profession imaginable, and yet, majority of people are not familiar with it, or are unaware of the benefits that they can gain from expanding their expertise, using only their own ambition and will.
Although the initial drive for self-improvement and education largely relies on the individual, the next step often includes getting external assistance, which we can divide in two categories:
1. Professionals who help you better organize your life and work, maximize your productivity and reduce distractions and time-wasting aspects in your life.
2. Teaching experts in various fields, who are able to successfully transfer their expertise to you, thus improving your understanding of a particular field of knowledge or expanding it to something entirely new.
Even though self-improvement is not solely related to the career and business aspects of life, that’s what is the most important to an “everyday man”, because it greatly improves the chances of not just being capable worker, but an expert professional, constantly expanding his/hers knowledge and area of expertise. As Jim Rohn, American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, said “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
Even though it sounds like you have to put in a lot of work to start improving yourself, that’s not the case – you can even have some fun doing that. Here are some tips:
1. Read a book every day – because books are concentrated sources of wisdom.
2. Pick up a new hobby – learning something new requires you to stretch yourself in different aspects
3. Level up your skills – like in any RPG video game
4. Have a weekly exercise routine – not only that you’ll feel better, you’ll also look better!
5. Get out of your comfort zone – do something different, and maybe you’ll like it.
6. Ask for feedback – but don’t get upset if it’s not positive, instead tackle the new improvement challenge
7. Stay focused with to-do lists – it’ll help you to be more organized, and let’s face it – lists are fun!
8. Quit a bad habit – but only one at the time, you don’t want to overdo it.
9. Learn to deal with difficult people – without getting too much stressed about it.
10. Start a 30-day challenge – and start over if you happen to fail.