If you’re like most people, it’s most likely that you were programmed with the mindset of “go to college/university, get a job and then find a partner”. This mindset is so common that if take a careful look at society right now, a good 95% of the population has already accepted this model as the standard for success in life.
This mindset of “go to college/university, get a job and then find a partner” limits you in most areas of your life, because with this mindset, you have already set your ceiling for life without even knowing that you have done so.
This mindset of “college/university, job and then life partner” is responsible for why most people have a hard time acquiring new skills or furthering their study in their current field of interest. When you grow up with this mindset, it becomes really difficult for you to aim higher than the prize of “good family life” or even come to the realisation, that, there is a whole lot more to life than this.
What you must understand is this, studying at college or university is not the end of your education life, in fact, it is the beginning of it. In order for you to become a success in life, you must study or acquire one form of skill or the other, and if you want to continue to be a success in life, you must continue to study and improve yourself.
Continuous development is continuous learning. This mindset is the secret to success in life.
It’s Never Too Late To Start
It doesn’t matter how old you are right now, if you would commit to a life of continuous learning, you will soon realise that there is no limit to what you can earn financially or what you can achieve in life.
The fact is that we all have different timetable. Your life timetable is probably different from my life timetable. This is because we are all here to run our own personal “race”. It doesn’t matter what your life timetable is, what is clear is this, if you do not commit yourself to lifelong continuous development, you will soon realise what Christ meant when he said: “So the last shall be first, and the first last.”
Those who try to rest on their laurels will soon find themselves at the back of the pack and those who commit themselves to lifelong continuous learning and development will continue to move forward and make real progress that places them firmly at the front of the pack.
Look around you, how many people do you know that has made the conscious decision to commit their life to a personal program of continuous development? The answer is probably none. So, you have a massive advantage over 95% of the world population and if you would start today, in just five years time, your earning and status would have quadrupled.
You can still get that PhD title and you can still become a millionaire if you want to.
Budget For Your Continuous Development
For anything to happen, there must be some action taken for it to take place. If you want to commit yourself to a personal program of lifelong continuous learning and development, you MUST budget for it.
Budgeting for your continuous learning and development is the best thing you can do for yourself and it is really simple to do. All you have to do is to open a savings account with a debit card facility. Once this savings account is open, every time you get paid, you MUST deposit 10% of your earning in this savings account.
You should label this account as Continuous Development Savings Account. You are not allowed to spend the money in this account for any other purpose. So each time money is coming out of this account, it must be for the payment of one form of education.
When it comes to education, your mindset should be broad and continuous. This means you should acquire both formal education and other types of none formal education.
If for example, your interest is in the medical field. Don’t just limit your education to everything medical. You should also learn none medical things and other trade skills. These includes: financial education, investing and trading training, spiritual education, human psychology education, house decoration, plumbing, graphic designs, creative writing, video editing, photography and etc.
What I have realised is that you can actually transfer a skill from one field to another field. So take a blank sheet of paper, write down every skill you will like to learn and every educational title you would like to acquire and then go after each of them.
Don’t try to study everything at once. You will only drive yourself mad if you try to do it this way. Again write down every skill and education title that you would like to acquire. Number them according to your priority and then go after number one. Don’t start number two on your list until you have completed number one. Start number two on your list after you’ve completed number one. The same applies to the rest on your list.
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