Too many people make the mistake of letting their education come to a standstill as soon as they’re out of college. This is truly a shame; after all, the education should be an ongoing process that accompanies us for the rest of our lives. Understandably, the benefits of continuing education are easy to elude our grasp, so today, we’re going to unveil 3 of the main reasons why this is so important to gain more work opportunities:
1. Making more money
Everybody wants to make more money. But just by repeating this fact over and over, nothing is going to change. Getting an education in marketing, for example, will teach you that making more money comes naturally by giving more value. In other words, when you shift the central attention from ‘you’ and focus on providing value for others and solving their problems instead, making more money is a direct consequence of changing your attitude.
You see, even if your current employer doesn’t see this and wants to keep you working for the same hourly rate, others will come to you, and as such, you’re going to be presented with more lucrative job opportunities (however, putting yourself out there is essential for this concept to play out).
2. Doing what you love
Money, no matter how many doors it can open, is not the end-all-be-all of what your life should revolve around. Ask yourself this: if you’re not doing what you love, then are you really living your life to its fullest potential?
Turning your passion into a way to support yourself often requires the following three things:
First of all, you need to enjoy it, or at least the vast majority of the time. Otherwise, you are not as likely to stick with it over a long period of time.
Then, you need to be proficient at whatever it is you’re trying to do. You may enjoy playing an instrument, for example, but in order for other people to pay money to buy your music or attend one of your gigs, you need to display at least some level of talent.
Finally, there needs to be a market demand for it. To illustrate an example, you may be the best raccoon juggler in the world (or something equally as bizarre), but if there is no market demand for it, it’s going to be next to impossible to make it work from a business perspective.
3. Refining your craft
After you’ve invested some time in becoming something the market wants to see more of, resting on your laurels should never even cross your mind (or else you risk falling behind). Without taking some leadership courses every once in a while, it’s going to be hard to stay in tune with the current trends, and consequently, people might start seeing you as someone who follows (rather than someone who lays out the path for others to follow).
In other words, the world is a constantly changing place, and whatever profession you’ve decided to pursue, you always have to do your best to not fall behind your competition and seek a never-ending refinement of your current skills.
An ongoing education is exactly the thing you need to keep reaching new heights in life. But no matter what you do, you should never become too complacent or settle in life, especially when it comes to your financial future. If you’re not willing to fight for it, who else will?