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Education and Self Improvement Are Important, But ...

It’s rare that I encounter readers of my various blogs in the flesh. When it does happen, the results can be … Well, let’s say they can be interesting.

That happened a couple of months ago. And, as is often the case, the person I met had a go at me. Based on the reading of non-existent lines in a few posts in this space, he angrily accused me of being against self improvement and continuous education.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, I’ve written posts about knowing when to quit and whether or not you need to do something, but I’m all for people trying to learn more and improve themselves.

My view of self improvement and continuous education is this:

  • If it will truly benefit you in some way and you’re not just jumping on a bandwagon or following a trend
  • Keep it up only if you enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy it, what you’re doing will become a chore and you won’t be engaged and won’t work at it with the intensity you started with
  • Because you want to, not because some expert or guru says you should

Take control of your learning. Take control of your development. Go with your gut and your interests. Don’t be afraid to move on if you find something’s not right for you, that you’re not making progress, or if you’ve learned everything that you needed to learn.

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