Friday, April 1, 2016

Do Yourself a Favor

When was the last time you invested in yourself? If you think that time management seminar your boss made you attend counts, you’re wrong…not only that, but, at the same time you’re thinking like 80% of the workforce.
Look at it this way, in today’s world there are no employees, there are only freelancers, independent contractors who work until their work is no longer needed…and then they are moved aside. You are a product and when the product or service you provide becomes obsolete or too expensive to keep, you’re done.
Unless…unless you have made yourself so valuable in the markeplace that you are considered for other opportunities.
What’s the best way to improve you, as a product, investing in yourself.
In an excellent article in this month’s Esquire Magazine, “You Are Your Own Best Investment,” writer Joshua Sheats explains that, young or older, if you want to move ahead you need to “set aside $1000 and invest it in building up and enchancing your resume.”
Sheats points to three ways to do it:
- If you are a skilled technician or professional you should invest in more education, training and certifications.
- If you’re in a “customer-facing” invest in the image you present to others, your personal appearance, and training in ways to deal with customers.
- If you work in a trade invest in upgrading your tools in ways that allow you to work better and faster.

Everyone says they want to move ahead and get paid more, but only 20% or less of the workforce is willing to do what it takes to do more than simply talk about it…and if someone thinks they have to make you go to a time management seminar you’re already in their crosshairs.

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