When I worked for a company year’s back, they required every employee in the corporate office that was on the bonus plan needed to do continuing education to qualify for up to 25% of their Bonus Potential.
For me it was a no brainer but for some people in our office they felt it was a waste of their time and wouldn’t do it. I could not see giving up 25% of my bonus potential for not making myself better.
The company I worked for cared about having employees continue to keep learning new skills and improve. As an employee they paid for my learning and I could get more of a bonus by doing it.
We had to get with our manager and cover our quarterly plan for what three things we were going to do to improve ourselves. You could choose from reading a book, going to a seminar or taking a class. It wasn’t anything hard to do. Still a lot of employees wouldn’t do it. The company also paid for the classes and seminars. They had a huge library of books you could check out or you could go to the library to find one. What ever you choose to do your manager had to sign off on it and then when it was completed you just needed to do a quick recap on what you learned and how it could help you in your job.
Those were really good years I worked for them. I was already a habit of life long learning so I thought it was really cool. I still keep learning new stuff every day. We hope our boys will keep up their learning after they are done with their school years.
We encourage our boys to read at least 30 minutes a day and work on learning programing skills for at least 30 minutes a day. I plan on taking them to seminars and conferences with me in the future if they are not in school or at work.
There are so many reasons why someone should continue to keep learning their whole life and how it would help them towards their Financial Freedom goals. Some of the benefits that we talk with our boys about are;
- Feeling more confident with the more that you learn. For instance, I feel if I lost my business and all our money that I could earn it back.
- Make more than others. With more knowledge and skills, you have more value to any employer and can make more salary than others.
- Able to change careers if you want. For instance, if you are an accountant and are learning programming on the side you could possibly go into programming with your new skills.
- More Earning equals more choices. If you wanted to after making more money you could possibly upgrade your lifestyle.
- The more you keep learning gives you more of a chance to get a promotion at work.
- With new skills you would be more marketable to other employers and possibly get recruited away from their current employer.
- Overall, they would feel better about themselves with the more they keep learning.
Here are some ways you could continue your education after your school years;
- Books or Audio Books – Check your Public Library for ones you could check out. A free option.
- Podcasts – Most are free to listen too.
- Seminars – If you don’t want to pay for a seminar then search for ones you can afford.
- On Line Classes – Ask your employer if they would pay for it. There are a lot of Free ones available also.
- College Classes – Check with your employer first to see if they would pay for it.
What are you doing to keep yourself relevant? Don’t you feel good when you finish reading a new book or taking a class? I sure do and I find myself talking to others about the things I just learned.
Believe in yourself and that anything is possible. If you can imagine it, then it can happen. Who can really say that this or that isn’t possible? I think of my mom who was told when she was young that she would never walk again, but she did learn to walk and was an awesome square dancer for many years. So you can learn something new today also. Abraham Lincoln was a great example of continuous learning.
The Real Story of Abraham Lincoln
I bet Abraham Lincoln didn’t tell himself, repeatedly, that he was a real loser, nor did he tell himself that he would never achieve his goals. He had faith that he would achieve them.
“Lincoln’s Road To The White House
Failed in business in 1831.
Defeated for Legislature in 1832.
Second failure in business in 1833.
Suffered nervous breakdown in 1836.
Defeated for Speaker in 1838.
Defeated for Elector in 1840.
Defeated for Congress in 1843.
Defeated for Congress in 1848.
Defeated for Senate in 1855.
Defeated for Vice President in 1856.
Defeated for Senate in 1858.
Elected President in 1860.
Having chosen our course, without guile and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.” – Abraham Lincoln
Here are some positive quotes I like;
“Get your Money to Work for You… As hard as You Work for it.” By Napoleon Hill
“1. Make Money. 2. Use the Money to Make More Money. 3. Repeat the Process.” By Warren Buffett
“There is no way to happiness; happiness is the Path.” By Buddha
“Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life” by Wayne W. Dyer
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