Raise your proverbial hand if you have ever purchased and read a non-fiction book, invested in a course, or hired a coach.
Did you know that every time you did that, you were making a significant investment into your personal and professional development bank?
Even if you’ve watched an instructional YouTube video or read an informative blog post, that’s a significant investment in your personal and professional growth.
Some would even say that the level of your commitment to growing personally and professionally can be directly correlated to your level of success.
I, for example, have a scary obsession with self-help books, goal-setting, vision boarding, and skill-building. That obsession has led to the lifestyle I lead today. I am a financially independent business owner and published author with a 6-figure net worth.
Now do you understand why I’m obsessed? The two are definitely connected. It’s my firm belief that my results will never exceed the amount of effort I put in, and that fact drives me to go all in.
“Your results will never exceed the effort you put in.”
I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without reading hundreds of personal finance, business, and personal development books, taking courses that hone my hard and soft skills, giving myself permission to pivot when the situation called for it, and hiring coaches who force me to nourish an abundance mindset.
Last year, I spent $20,000.00 on my personal and professional development and this year, I’m on track to double that!
I know what you’re thinking…
You’re thinking, that’s an astronomical amount of money to spend on some books, courses, and coaching, right?
Well, here’s the thing:
IT’S ALL RELATIVE. My coach spent triple that last year on her own personal and professional growth journey. The actual dollar amount is not the point I’m trying to drive home.
It’s not so much about the amount of money, but the time and commitment that goes along with it. There’s a different kind of energy surrounding the tools and resources you pay for, and I wanted to make sure I got my money’s worth. As a result, I always learned and applied something that made a huge impact on my life, and that’s when I realized the key to EXPONENTIAL GROWTH.
Wait a minute though:
I’m in no way saying you have to go out and spend an entire bag on courses or books. To be quite honest with you, all the knowledge you can find for free on the internet alone could make you a millionaire, but the hunting and gathering of information doesn’t always appeal to people. The amount of time it takes to then sift, organize, and categorize the information makes it even less appealing. Tack on the fact that you have to EXECUTE on the lessons learned and there’s no wonder why most people abandon ship.
So, free or paid, we still have to decide on the actions we’ll take once we acquire the knowledge.
There’s no “one size fits all” personal and professional development journey, but I’d like to share the ways I’m going about mine in hopes that it will inspire you to begin paving your own path to individual achievement.
Here are seven ways I invested in my journey:
I joined a Mastermind group of like-minded, bold, goal-oriented, women of color who are committed to helping me succeed in business and life. Robert Kiyosoki says to always choose your teachers wisely. He was referring to who you choose to coach you, mentor you, or give you advice. I chose my Mastermind coach, Gloria Atanmo, because the way she conducts her business and the integrity she has when it comes to building her community resonates with me on a visceral level.
I hired two Miss Unconventional employees and multiple contractors who were experts in their field. Could I have done the majority of the work that I outsourced? Of course! I am capable of learning those skills and saving a buck by completing the tasks on my own, BUT I made a vow to myself to only work on the tasks that bring me joy. The most successful people in the world outsource most of the work to run their business. Why? Because, they understand the importance of using their brain power to perform the tasks that only they can do.
I enrolled in an Accelerator program designed to teach me how to package and sell a signature, premium offer. This group coaching program, run by Maya Elious, was designed to help me master my message and package my knowledge into an offer my clients and I could be proud of. Was the program expensive? Yes, but think about how much more expensive it would be for me to lack clarity on who I’m speaking to in my business. Without that clarity, I could end spending thousands of dollars either targeting the wrong audience or worse– creating a product that they don’t want.
I hired a personal fitness trainer to help me gain control over my weight and health. I’ve faced a hard truth: I’m not a “skinny minny” anymore. In fact, those days are long gone. It was either spend a little less than $2,000 for 3-month program with Ariana Stowe Fitness and take back control of my body and my health, or spend 5 times that amount getting more plastic surgery and unnecessarily exposing my body to risks. This is it. The only body I get in this life. If I don’t respect it and take care of it now, I won’t be around long enough to reap the benefits of all this self-help!
I read well over 30 books on personal finances, self-help, mindset, and manifestation. What better way to tap into the greatest most successful minds in the world than by consuming their written and spoken words? Books have been the heartbeat of my success up to this point. Some books were free, some were a few bucks, and some were more than 10 bucks, but they all had at least one priceless piece of information inside that made the price seem like a steal once I was done. Ramit Sethi always says to never ever hesitate to buy a book– that should never be something you think about cutting from the budget. And I wholeheartedly agree!
I purchased multiple courses to learn things like marketing, content planning, email list building, writing etc. Let’s face it, we don’t need to get a degree for every single topic we want to learn. There are courses that adequately and thoroughly teach the fundamentals of sales and marketing, writing, and graphic design. They teach exactly what I need to learn, fluff excluded, in the shortest amount of time and guess what, I don’t have to go thousands of dollars into debt to learn! As long as online education companies like Udemy, Coursera, and Teachable exist, I don’t think you could pay me to go back to a brick and mortar school.
I attended in-person and virtual conferences with topics related to self-help, business, entrepreneurship, social media marketing, and so much more. There’s nothing quite like being in a room full of people who are just as goal-oriented and passionate as you are. The energy permeating through the room always has me feeling like I can achieve absolutely anything! I leave with new ideas, inspiration, motivation, and new friends who all support my mission and vision. My experiences so far have been PRICELESS.
Maybe you’re thinking,
“Okay Kierra, that’s great, but I ain’t got 20 stacks to drop on courses and conferences, sis!”
Listen. I hear you, and I’m not suggesting you invest that kind of money if you don’t have it. What I do suggest is that you start with something. Read books and sign up for free courses that’ll teach you a hard or soft skill that you need to learn to get better at your job or business. Find a mentor that you can learn from and offer to take them to lunch or coffee. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to volunteer under someone who is doing something that you eventually want to do. The goal here is to take your personal and professional growth more seriously because no one can do it for you.
How will you take action?
Will you read a book? If so, here are 3 suggestions for self-help:
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
- Abundance Now by Lisa Nichols
- Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt
Download my Top 50 Personal & Professional Development Book Resource Here
Will you listen to a podcast? If so, here are my top 3 favorite podcasts for personal finances and mindset:
Download my “Top 16 Podcasts That’ll Change Your Life” Resource Here
Will you hire a coach or find a mentor?
Shameless plug: Contact me here with the words “Clarity Call” for a free consultation to see if we’d be a perfect coach-client fit!
Just start somewhere. Your greatness can only sprout from deliberate action.