Sooo…I’m hoping that you guys aren’t taking that literally. I don’t want you to die nor do I want any harm to come to you. What I mean is that you have to make a decision right now about how you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years from now. Listen I’m always trying to find ways to invest in myself because I want more out of life, and you should want the same thing too…Right?
There are several ways that you can invest in yourself the right way. The first investment that you can make is”you”. Your job is to know yourself first before you can invest in anything that is of substance. So, now that we got that out of the way now comes the other stuff like education, training and starting a business.
Education can be from a variety of sources, mainly college, trade schools and self-education. Training can come in two forms, voluntary and involuntary. Most businesses, governmental and organizations have mandatory training for their employees. Now if plan on staying with your current employer for the long haul then my advice to you is to see this mandatory training as n invest where both sides win.
For me though…
I love self-education because it gives me full control over what I want to learn and how fast I want to learn it. Say for instance Udemy which is a site dedicated to learning on the go. This site has so much to offer from software development, marketing strategies, and photography just to name a few. Next, you have LinkedIn which is a business networking site for professionals. They have a great learning curriculum that I’ve found just as useful, you should explore both sites to see which one fits you.
And last but certainly not least is starting your own business. Your first stop should be Small Business Administration (SBA). This site is gold if you are serious about wanting to start a business. It has everything that you would ever need to getting started. If you need help with a business plan, don’t hire someone do it yourself. The software that they have for creating a business plan is simple and easy to use.
If you decide to go through the process don’t forget about the DUNS(Data Universal Number System) this number is like a profile for your business. Not to be confused with a tax ID. This number tells you and others the name of your company, financial data, trade name, payment history, economic status and even the name of your executives if you have any.
“Don’t let your dreams, ideas, goals, aspirations die. Share what you have with the world don’t keep them hidden, because when you’re gone from this world so are they”.
With all that being said don’t forget to tune in to Man Up To Greatness podcast for I will be discussing this exact topic.
Step 2: Communication
Guy’s, what is the problem with us when it comes to communicating? Now I’m not saying that we can’t or don’t have the capacity to do it, but it seems at times that when it is necessary we will often not to live up to the moment. Can you honestly say that a plan no matter what it is can be completed with bad communication or no communication? The truth is that the big plan you may have can and will fail. Men have this problem of not wanting help sometimes, “you need to get out of that type of thinking”. This goes true at work, your business ventures and relationships.
In relationships listen we need to listen way more and talk less. Only offer your advice and opinion when she is seeking it. To do this you must know your women, that means listen more, duh! Trust me, she will spill her guts if knows you are really listening to her.
At work, don’t be afraid to express your opinion when it’s necessary. Be respectful and honest, your boss will appreciate you a lot more. That doesn’t mean he or she will take what you said into account all the time, but as long as your voice is heard that’s all that matters. Politics in the workplace is very prominent, so sometimes you may have to eat “crow”.
As with your business, you may have people working for you. This is where your business will succeed or fail. The employees are the work horse’s and you are the one with the reins. Listen to their needs and issues. Always have an open door policy “be available”. A happy worker is a hard worker, which means your business will continue to grow and more revenue will come in. Is’n that the whole point of having a business in the first place? Retention is the key here, remember that…
Step 3: Networking
How big is your network of people? Who is your network of people? Do you even have a network of people to begin? These are the questions you should be asking yourself in order for you to be on that road to success.
So, the first place to start this process is obviously your current place of employment. If you have heard or know of someone at your job that is doing something close to what you are doing, then you should reach out to them.
Always keep your ears open for any opportunity, you’ll be surprised at what you may hear. Next is the social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter. LinkedIn is basically for business professionals and should be your first choice. Facebook with all its drama and hype, it’s actually a good platform to get attention to yourself. Of course, I mean the business side of it. Twitter is a good and quick way to broadcast your ideas and business ventures. All of these platforms have peak hours so keep that in mind.
BOLO(Be On The Look Out) for my ebook for the rest of the steps
Step 1: Motivation
You must have motivation first and before any idea or plan can form. You have to know what motivates you. In order to find what motivates you, it’s a good idea to just start writing any and all ideas that come to you.
The more you write about whatever comes to mind the more your ideas will start to make sense to you. Sooner or later motivation will begin to form big ideas or small ideas. The size of the idea doesn’t matter at this point, nor will it ever will.
My philosophy is to try to think big all the time because planning it will be more rewarding at the end.
It will never be easy but it should be fun…