“If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”Benjamin Franklin
In November 2012, I could finally call myself a full-time blogger. I was earning anywhere between $100 and $800 per day, averaging an income of between $5,000 to $12,000 per month.
I felt invincible. I felt that there was nothing else I had to do. I had reached the top of the mountain.
I stopped reading other blogs with the goal of improving my own writing, or to be inspired. I stopped reading books. I stopped investing in my education. I stopped investing in myself.
That wasn’t a smart move.
You see, education, learning, knowledge — you lose it if you don’t improve it.
The world is changing at an accelerated pace: even if you’re on the road to success, you will get run over if you aren’t fast enough.
That’s what I didn’t get for most of my life. Education is not something you accumulate and will remain in your head forever. It’s the same as working out: you need to do it on a consistent basis in order to stay in shape.
If you can’t wait to get out college, so you never have to learn anything at all, I am sorry to tell you this, but all the years you’ve spent learning didn’t teach you much.
The more you learn, the more you earn.
The more skills you develop, the easier it is to adapt to an ever-changing economic environment.
It was almost too late for me. When I realized that adding a donation button at the end of posts was not enough to earn an income.
When I didn’t only feel like Sysyphus, rolling the boulder to reach the top of the mountain, but that I was dropping the boulder way before reaching the top. Each and every single day, the distance was growing.
All it took was a hard look in the mirror: I didn’t have any skills, I didn’t add much value to the world, so my income reflected that.
My dating life reflected that.
The way I looked reflected that. After all, I had never bothered to teach myself about the importance of a proper diet (my daily diet consisted of five coffees, a gallon of Coca Cola, and fast food), about how essential it is to work out.
I knew I had to change everything. I had to be willing to learn more.
Here’s the thing: you can only act upon that which you know.
You must first learn how to do it in order to do it. Some folks never get around to do much because they never learn enough to figure out what to do.
It’s as simple as that.
They never acquire enough skills, they never develop the emotional fortitude, they never manage to make good decisions because they never read about those who have taken good decisions.
Since I’ve decided to dedicate the majority of my time to educating myself, I’m never afraid to admit I was wrong. I can tell you from personal experience; that’s very liberating.
People who are closed-minded and stick to what they know will never change. And change is the driving force of life.
By educating yourself, you might think about things you’ve never thought of before. And you will be exposed to ideas you’ve never heard about.
Connect enough dots and you might stumble upon a life changing idea.
Educating yourself is a long-term investment.
You can lose your money, your investments, your house, your car. You can lose it all in an instant.
But you can’t lose the skills you have acquired. What’s between your ears. You will always be able to provide value, no matter what happens with the economy.
That’s why I buy all the books and enroll in all the courses that allow me to develop and learn new skills.
In the end, the true reason I invest so much time and money on my education is because most people don’t. It requires a lot of mental energy to constantly learn new things, and most people just want to be comfortable.
To me though, it’s madness if you’re not investing in your education every single day. I prioritize learning over everything in life.
The way I see it; there are only two options: we either grow or we wither away.
I’ve got my mind made up. Which one do you choose?