“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein If you want to live your life to the fullest, there is one thing you need to do: make bets. No, I’m not talking about gambling. Instead, I’m talking about taking calculated risks that could propel you forward in life. You can’t expect to have forward leaps in your life if you just do what you’ve always been doing. If you want to get different results, you must do things differently. You must move out of your comfort zone and take risks. It’s a “bet” because you could fail, but it’s a bet worth taking because that’s how you progress.
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 Many people invest in financial instruments such as real estate and mutual funds, but forget to invest in their self-education. As the quote above says, however, investing in your self-education is actually one of the best (if not the best) investments that you can make. The investment here takes two forms: time and money. You should invest both time and money in upgrading yourself. Don’t hesitate to do that because it’s a good use of your resources. Here are four reasons why it’s important to invest in your self-education:
Do you know how Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, manages his time? He tracks the time he spent on different activities and keeps them in balance. I recently released an iOS app that can help you do just that. The app is called Time Balance. The goal of the app is to help you spend your time in a balanced way. There is no question that time is a precious resource. It’s possible, however, that we don’t use it as good as we should. This app helps you track and compare how much time you have spent on different activities. You can then see where you have overspent your time and make the necessary adjustments.
Going to the next level in your life requires you to take difficult challenges. That, needless to say, is hard. You must move out of your comfort zone. You might also encounter failures along the way. For such a situation, I find “The Man in the Arena” by Theodore Roosevelt inspiring. It’s a section of his speech “Citizenship in a Republic” that he delivered in 1910. Here is an excerpt: