Why Self-Education Is The Key To Your Future Success
By Niels Reib,
Co-Founder of Masterminds Denmark
Napoleon Hill once said;
“The person who stops studying merely because he has finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what may be his calling. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”
Those words are as true today, if not more, as they were when Napoleon Hill he wrote his book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ back in 1937.
Self-education is the way for you to stay relevant in a competitive marketplace, both as an entrepreneur and an employee, and it has never been easier to get your hands on the resources that’ll help you stay ahead of the curve, and never lose your market value to anyone else.
If anything, self-education will increase your value and make you sore to higher levels of success!
3 Easy Ways To Self-Educate Yourself
Fortunately, there are different ways you can take care of your life-long learning and self-education. You might be lucky to work for a company that will send you to seminars or invites you to take various courses to help you develop professionally. But, if that’s not the case, then luckily there are things you can do self-educate yourself.
Attending courses that will help you attain the necessary skills you need to develop professionally. Whether that being evening classes or online courses, there is a wealth of opportunities for you to gain the knowledge you need to get ahead either in your career or business.
More and more top Universities provide online courses through Edx, for a fraction of the cost it otherwise would set you back taking them in-house, but there are also sites like Udemy, Coursera, and Alison, and LinkedIn Learning offers online courses to help you improve the professional skills that are in demand from employers.
Books and Podcasts
Honestly, I never used to read a lot. But three years ago I set a goal to read 12 books in a year, a massive increase for someone who up until that point might have read one book a year, at the most. That year I ended up reading ten books, an achievement I was proud of, so the year after I set out to read 15 books, which I did!
Reading has become something I prioritize daily, and the insights and wisdom I’ve been getting from thought leaders and experts through books have been incredible. It’s opened up a world of opportunities to get one-one time interviewing some inspiring people such as Simon Sinek, Bob Burg, Dorie Clark, Janet Attwood, and many others.
Reading books by thought leaders and experts within your professional field will give you insights you can put to use in your career or business, which then will help you advance to another level.
Another great way of getting insights from thought leaders and experts is to follow industry relevant podcasts. Podcasts are a great way to keep yourself updated to what is going on within your industry right now so you can stay on top of where things are going in your field.
“No mind is complete by itself. It needs contact and association with other minds to grow and expand.”
– Napoleon Hill
Being a member of a mastermind group and surrounding yourself with other driven professionals is what has helped some of the worlds most successful people such as Dale Carnegie and Henry Ford from the “old-School” to some of today’s thought leaders like Tony Robbins and Brendon Burchard.
In ‘Think and Grow Rich,’ Napoleon Hill defines a Mastermind as:
Co-ordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.
When we bring people together in a Mastermind group magic happens.
The power of a Mastermind group is the collected knowledge and the willingness to share that knowledge openly amongst the members in harmony and with a go-giver mindset, which makes it an environment for positive development and self-education between the members. The help, support, encouragement, and accountability between the group members make it a powerful alliance where everyone wants to see each other succeed.
Being a member of a mastermind group has helped some of the worlds most influential people in the business world reach their success, and it might just be what you need to propel your success, whether that being in your business or career.
The most important thing about self-education is that you prioritize and schedule the time to do it, whether that being time to take courses, read books, listen to podcasts, or becoming a member of a mastermind group.
Not prioritizing your self-education will leave you looking at opportunities passing you by, and not reaching the levels of success you otherwise would.
No matter if you’re a career-driven employee or an entrepreneur, having a group of people around you to help reach your goals are invaluable and can help 10x your personal and professional growth.
At Masterminds Denmark we strive to provide you with the best opportunities to thrive in your career or business by matching you with the right like-minded people who will help you reach your career or business goals.
If you’re curious about how you can benefit from being part of a mastermind group, then head on over and find out how you can apply and become a member of either an entrepreneurial or career professionals mastermind group.
You can apply for joining a group in Danish or English.
Becoming a member of Masterminds Denmark will not only make you a part of one of our mastermind groups, but it will also give you access to our private community and groups where you can interact with all our members on topics like leadership, personal development, communication, marketing, and many more.