In my favorite book it says, “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” What is your personal development plan? You may ask, “How do you create a personal development plan?”
Here are two steps to creating a simple plan:
- What is your vision or goals? In other words, where do you want to be in the next 30, 60, 90 days?
- What are the skills and abilities you need to develop to help you accomplish your goals?
I believe we get paid for three things in life: We get paid for our knowledge, we get paid for our skill, and we get paid for the value or results that we produce for others. Is the person working at McDonald's receiving ten dollars an hour for being there? No. The person working at McDonald's is receiving ten dollars for the knowledge, skill and result that they bring to that hour. That's what we get paid for.
What value are you going to create for others?
Here are a couple of books that will help you on your personal development journey. These two books laid the foundation for my early success in sales.
- How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success In Selling by Frank Bettger.
- The Five Major Pieces To The Life Puzzle by Jim Rohn.
Also, don't wait for others to invest in you. Over the years I have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars and hours into improving my skills and abilities. So often I hear others say, “I'm going to wait until my company invests in me.” Let me ask you this. What if they don't?
Let me leave you with one final thought. This is a famous quote from Jim Rohn, “The books that you don't read can't help you.”