Yesterday a friend came by saying, “I need your help, I’m so confused, I want to change my job yet I’m still not sure, I want to do an MBA and want a baby, and what if I get pregnant and maybe I shall wait, I am also thinking of buying a house and if I buy a house will I have enough for my MBA?” and so on. The more questions I asked her, the more answers she had, and it was all clear, the only thing that was missing was a will to make a decision.
This is because, most of the time, people feel more secure in a very uncomfortable ‘no decision taken situation’ than their willingness to change something.
When I look back over the years, there is no one decision that I regret. Yet, if I have to choose the best ones, they are not linked to the job I took, to the city I moved to, the house I bought. No. They are linked to the education that I chose and journeyed through to achieve.
Simply because, my education provided me with all that I have: a career, money, success and above all – freedom.
So why are most people not making this a priority?
There are a few factors:
People look at what it will cost not at what it will bring. Referring back to my friend, true, MBA costs a considerable amount of money. Can she afford it? Yes. Is she in a position to borrow money to facilitate it? Yes. Does she have time and energy for it? By all means yes! But the more she thinks of it the more that figure is coming back to her and the doubts arise.
People may think of what else they could do with that money therefore, putting an unfair competition to the educational part. So yes my friend could buy a bigger house, instead of doing an MBA, she could have less credit, all that is true and yet…
The easier access to education is, the more it is taken for granted.
Therefore, let us now look at the return you may have when you invest in your own development. Note that, I’m not saying that you should go and do an MBA if at all your interest is other aspects of growth – learning Chinese, how to play the piano, better understanding of who you are, and how to grow your dreams, etc. – all I’m saying is that: undertake that training, pay for that coaching, go to that school you ever dream of and look at one of their programs.
This is what you will get:
You will grow faster and more than ever
You will meet new people thus new opportunities will open up for you
You will get out of your comfort zone and new life style can be built
Most probably, you’ll get an increase in revenues because, yes, you are good at what you do but what if in addition to that, you know how to speak Chinese, or know how to keep your engagement up no matter what?
Last but not least, you’ll earn your freedom. In other words, people can take lots of things from you but not your knowledge. You can get fired, you can get divorced, you can lose your house, but for as long as you have your education, you can get another job, you can buy another house, you can launch a new business…
Have you ever faced this kind of dilemma or are you facing it now? What keeps you from your best decision?