Let me start with a story.
Yesterday a friend came by saying, “I need your help. I’m so confused. I want to change my job, yet I’m still not sure. I want to get an MBA and want a baby, and what if I get pregnant and maybe I should wait. I’m also thinking of buying a house, and if I buy a house, will I have enough money for my MBA?”
And so on. The more questions I asked her, the more answers she had, and it was all clear, the only thing that was missing was the will to make a decision.
This is because, most of the time, people feel more secure in a very uncomfortable ‘no decision taken situation’ than their willingness to change something.
When I look back over the years, there’s not one decision that I regret. Yet, if I have to choose the best ones, they’re not linked to the job I took, to the city I moved to, the house I bought. No. They’re linked to the education that I chose and journeyed through in the end.
Put simply, because my education provided me with all that I have: a career, money, success, and above all — freedom.
So why are most people not making this a priority?
People look at what it’ll cost, not at what it’ll bring.
Referring back to my friend: true, an MBA costs a considerable amount of money. Can she afford it? Yes. Is she in a position to borrow money to facilitate it? Yes. Does she have time and energy for it? By all means yes! But the more she thinks about it, the more that figures come into play and the doubts arise.
People may think of what else they could do with that money, therefore, pinning unfair competition against their educational aspirations. So, yes, my friend could buy a bigger house, instead of doing an MBA. She could have less credit. That’s all true, and yet…
The easier access to education is, the more it’s taken for granted.
Therefore, let’s now look at the return you may have when you invest in your own development.
Please note: I’m not saying that you should go and get an MBA if all your interest(s) are in other aspects of growth: learning Chinese, how to play the piano, or gaining a better understanding of who you are and how to grow your dreams, etc. All I’m saying is: undertake the training, pay for the coaching, go to the school you dream of, and look at one of their programs.
This is what you’ll get:
- You’ll grow faster and more than ever.
- You’ll meet new people, thus new opportunities will open up for you.
- You’ll get out of your comfort zone and a new lifestyle can be built.
- Most likely, you’ll get an increase in revenue because, yes, you’re good at what you do; but what if, in addition to that, you know how to speak Chinese, or know how to keep your engagement up no matter what?
- Last, but not least, you’ll earn your freedom. In other words, people can take lots of things from you, but not your knowledge.
You can get fired, divorced, or lose your house; but for as long as you have your education, you can get another job, you can buy another house, you can launch a new business.
Have you ever faced this kind of dilemma or are you facing it now? What keeps you from your best decision?