Personal and professional development is a must for entrepreneurs.
The journey of self-development never stops. As we continue to explore the topic of business success and productivity, we can’t ignore the reality that without investing in our own development, we can quickly fall behind.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ~Henry Ford
Today’s dynamic and fast-changing workplace demands that we never stop learning and developing our hard and soft skills. Luckily, it’s never been so easy to embrace continuous learning with the plethora of education at our fingertips. From online courses such as Udemy, Teachable, LinkedIn and many more, to conferences, workshops, community colleges and online degree programs, there are plenty of opportunities for development.
It’s no secret that successful entrepreneurs read – a lot. The list of self-development books for life and business is endless. Why not make a new habit of reading one new book per month? Take advantage of the hundreds of books written by successful entrepreneurs sharing their story and wisdom.
Here’s just a few ways you can invest in your self-development:
- Read – 76 Best Business Books for Entrepreneurs, Creatives & Professionals to Read in 2018 (link).
- Podcasts – The 15 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs (link).
- Online course – Brush up your skills or learn a new one.
- Take training in something that’s way out of your comfort zone and what you’ve tended to avoid, like public speaking, conflict resolution, how to handle difficult conversations, a second language, accounting, marketing- you get the idea.
There are so many immediate and long-lasting benefits of investing in your own self-development, whether it be a hard or soft skill. Rather than viewing it as a chore, have the attitude of it being a hobby, and watch your opportunities grow!