As your business depends on YOU Inc. – you are the crucial factor in your success. The question is: “Do you want to develop your skills and knowledge within this booming industry, to achieve more than you currently are with perhaps less stress and effort?”
“Live as if you will die tomorrow, learn as if you would live forever” – Ghandi
Endless opportunities abound in this unlimited income vehicle, yet most people fail to ….
appreciate the benefits of spending time, energy and money on developing their understanding, skills and competence in every aspect of the business.
A lack of appreciation of both the necessity for and the multiple benefits of doing what’s recommended (seeking constant and never-ending improvement) in the areas of both their personal and their professional growth, is what brings most people down.
They simply do not understand how crucial a continual adjustment in one’s learning and growth is.
QUESTION: How much do you invest in your professional and personal development each year?
Many people never invest at all in learning and growing, and these people usually fail to develop an income that continues to grow. Back in the 1980’s Jim Rohn taught us that “Your income seldom exceeds your personal development.” Therein lies the simple key to growing your income — growing yourself!
At Skills You Need they discussed Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how this directly influences your personal development. These trainers of professionals explain how learning a new skill will broaden the opportunities open to you, at the same time as empowering you as an individual.
They also point out that there are many things that prevent people from learning new skills. These barriers might include:
- lack of time
- family commitments
- lack of confidence
- lack of money
- lack of understanding as to why it’s important to develop new skills
However as so many people have discovered in their journey to success, when you are determined to overcome these barriers you’ll find that they were all just excuses for staying comfortable. There are usually many ways to break down these seemingly insurmountable barriers that are holding you back, but you will never discover them until you commit to doing just that. Overcoming them!
Your Next Step
Once you do invest your time, money and energy in attending a professional or personal development program, how does your experience there get translated back to the workplace? Do you take on this study with the determination to pass the information on to others? If you did, you would find you would learn and take away a whole different level of experience.
And how, if at all, do you quantify this newly discovered knowledge or communicate even a portion of the information about the course with your team members? Many people do not even understand why personal and profession development is important. They may be waiting for you to show them the results of your time and effort in attending.
Is that your intention?
What do you intend to do differently?
Some entrepreneurs expect their team leaders to present what they learned at the next team training, to share knowledge gained. This does two things – it passes the knowledge gained onto others and also promotes the fact you, as an emerging leader, have invested in yourself so you can help your team members. In the end, it shows to your team, and your counterparts, you are a willing student and developing trainer. This attitude is what grows a solid leader.
You might think you have enough skills under your belt right now, but how many months (in the past I’ve said ‘years’, and at one time it was ‘decades’) will pass before what you currently know is out of date?
Being in an industry that reflects exactly and directly on results of performance, rather than just on hours spent on the job, brings with it an unusual stress for many people, who just compound that stress with the stubborn refusal to ‘hear’ how important it is to stay in continual improvement.
Enter the realm of a leader. Become an ever growing and always developing entrepreneur. The Savvy Team leaders have a philosophy of continual learning, and of passing those skills on to their team. Is this something that you are taking advantage of? Make sure you attend their next event.
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2 thoughts to “Jim Rohn: Income Seldom Exceeds Personal Development”
I don’t know where I would be today if it had not been for the personal development over the couple of years. I am a much different person now and I love discovering new things about myself. I know that it is with each new discovery that I will be able to help others. It’s usually the skills you need yourself which you teach others.
Yes Julie, as the saying goes: we teach best what we most need to learn.