I love Robin Sharma’s words! Let’s look at this:
“The swiftest way to triple your success is to double your investment in personal development.”
I know how it feels when you graduate from highschool and then you’re fortunate enough to be part of the 25% who gain admission. You run through lectures like a mouse in the rat race.
Present you project. Graduate. Get to work in a firm, after looking for the kind of job you want that does not exist… And suddenly, your organization is not growing you. Awkward feel right? Correct?
Well, wrong. Real wrong! It’s you that’s not growing. That will be a talk for another day. “But what if my organization is not looking towards staff development, how can I still grow?” you might ask. That’s a better question.
It’s called Personal growth, not general growth. So, it’s in your hands. Right until graduation from college, everything or 80% of what we learn is controlled by the school curriculum. Well, outside that four corner room, you either learn how to learn or fade out!
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So, take a look at these 7 steps that can accelerate your personal growth even when HR would not budget for new trainings or new books or new tours. 😉
1. Have a personal why. Why would two young fellows start work as cleaners in an organization and after 5 years, one ends up as a regional manager while the other still a front desk officer? To understand this more, read this Purpose is Life-Changing. Find Your Why.
2. Read a book or take a course online. Ask yourself this simple question: what do I want to master? What do I want to be known for? What niche do I want to build?
If you’ve defined it, then, what books can you read on those subjects? What course can you take online? There are many sites to get free ebooks online and then for courses, I use edX. Check out this online courses for more.
3. Listen to the best guys. In a typical work environment, there are those who just want to talk and talk away their lives as well as yours. Hey, don’t allow them to. Notice I didn’t say, don’t relate. No!
Sometimes we confuse being able to have friends in the work place and being intentional about our lives. Remember this, you’re the average of the five persons you spend your time with. Think about it.
So, why not get YouTube videos or podcast of the leaders in your industry and listen to them.
4. Offer to do more than what you’re paid to do. Why do we hate more work but love more money? Well, I guess, I’m in same category! Yeah, I am. But then, I’ve learnt this first hand. There’s something you might not learn fast and better until you get into it, whether you’re ready or not.
What if you volunteer to work on a project? What if you join another department to do one or two things? Now see, some folks will laugh at you. And if you’re not focused, you’ll loose it.
Help your organization create a charity. Manage it. Maybe for free. However, make sure you’re kin on your primary assignment as well.
5. Always take out time to reflect on your progress. Yeah, this is where the LOBALOFOLINO principle comes in. Why? When you reflect from time to time, you’re able to know where you are, what you’ve done and what you need to do…
As we go on in life, we tend to loose guard of our direction. Sometimes, just stop and reflect. That might be all you need for clarity.
6. Set personal goals. Nothing fires you more than setting goals. What determines how your colleagues in the office work is most times driven by what they have set to achieve. So, dust those goals you have and look at them again. To learn how to set goals, see this: setting goals.
7. WDYT. I reserve this for you to think about another way, because you’re smart. So, it’s called #WDYT – #whatdoyouthink?
Remember, no one owes you personal growth. And this is the most important part of work just as Jim Rohn puts it:
Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work hard on yourself you’ll make a fortune.