Learn Before You Earn

When I first decided to leave the world of being a paid employee and becoming an entrepreneur I had a ton to learn. I knew this, but definitely not to the extent I was soon to find out.

You see, I was ignorant to the fact that I didn’t want to lift a finger to do anything unless I knew I was going to get paid for it. I wanted to learn on someone else’s dime. Little did I know this was not the way to go. In the past I always ended up learning things the hard way (definitely not a recommended route for anyone). This is one of the reasons I’ve decided to dedicate my life to helping others now. I don’t want to see anyone go down the path I did.

The reality of it is, in order to create a successful business you have to do a mountain of research and education first before you get paid. As hard as this pill may be to swallow, it truly is the fastest route to building your own empire that can financially support you and your family.

Fast forward to fifteen years later, I now have spent well over $100k on personal development. At first it was tough to make the investments. I questioned myself often. “Is this the right thing to do Jeff?” But I stayed focused, heads down and learned from those that were smarter than me.

You name it. I’ve invested in sales courses, coaching programs, financial courses, fitness, cycling, nutrition … the works. Anything that was out of my realm of expertise (essentially the creative side of business) I would invest in.

Why I Invested

Why did I invest so much money? Because I knew that the best investment I could ever make was in myself. I would for sure do whatever it took to learn as much as I could from others. Every time I did this, it paid off in dividends.

You see, you have to learn before you earn! Nobody is going to invest their hard earned money in you if you can’t prove that you are an expert in the area they are pursuing.

The best thing you can do is to write the check to the program you are interested in and go all in. You will see in the end, the money you spent to learn a skill far exceeds the amount of time you will waste trying to do so on your own.

As a matter of fact, this year alone I have spent $32k in personal development. I know that these investments are a wise move on my part. I have basically bought myself time that I can never get back.

My only regret in educating myself is that I only wish I would have done it sooner. If I had done so in my twenties I for sure would be a multi-millionaire at this point. But hindsight is 20/20. I understand the investment now.

I’ve learned that if there is a skillset I need to sharpen, I am going to spend the money and time to get better at it. I am going to soak up and learn as much as possible. Because my earnings are for sure going to compound once I apply the things I learn.

Pro Learning Tip

My biggest tip to you is that you should do the same. Don’t hesitate. Learn as much as you can as soon as you can.

Use this format to determine how to proceed:

  • Make a list of things you are good at
  • Followed by a list of skills you are not so good at
  • Ask yourself, which skill should I focus on first that will make the biggest impact?
  • Research influencers in the area you are interested in
  • Make a decision and invest as soon as possible
  • Remove all distractions when pursuing the course
  • Learn and implement immediately

If you take action in this order I promise that six months down the road you will be happy you did. Areas that were painful in your daily routine will soon be improved. Most likely you will then want to improve the next skill you created in the list outlined above.

Hopefully, this insight is helpful and you consider taking action on improving yourself today. I wish I would have had this insight at least 20 years ago. 🙂 If there is any way I can assist you in this process, I would be happy to help. You can Book A Call with me and let’s dive into where you’re interested in becoming a better you!