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  • James Lord

When you start learning, the L disappears

I stumbled across this phrase the other day, and it caught my attention. If you’re anything like me, you couldn’t wait to finish high school or college so you could finally get on with your life. Then, at some point, you found yourself in a job wishing you had a career. I watched some people just do what was expected of them. I observed others who asked lots of questions. They took training classes, attended seminars, or even went back to school to further their education.

It didn’t take long to realize the ones learning more were also earning more.

I’ve made it a passion of mine to constantly find time every quarter of each year to focus on my personal growth and development. I mentor others and will often ask to look at their calendar to see if they put aside time to focus on themselves. Most people fail to do this.

You don’t need to make a massive commitment like getting your Ph.D. But taking purposeful steps to make sure you’re constantly improving your craft and delivering more value than others around you is a solid recipe for growing both professionally and financially. Invest in yourself. You’ll find that, much like your stock portfolio, it’ll pay dividends over time.

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