One of the best ways to invest in yourself is to feed your brain. Whether you graduate college, don’t go to college, or are an experienced professional, the key to success is to continue learning. Here is my list of top 4 ways to invest in yourself for personal growth.
There are many free online course platforms today. One of my favorites is coursera. Coursera.com has courses that are free and some are paid. They offer full degree programs and certifications or individual courses.
My favorite part about Coursera.com, is that the courses are created by professors from top universities. The curriculum is great, which will allow you to learn the newest techniques and methods from high profile professors.
Next is certifications, certifications are great depending on what your goal is. If you want to get into a specific role like project manager or an IT role, certifications like CompTIA A+ or PMP are great for preparing you to break into specific roles and industries.
The difference between certifications and courses is certifications usually take longer to complete than courses. Courses can range from 3-9 months, but certifications can range from 3 months to multiple years.
The next method and one of my personal favorites is books. Books are great because they can stay with you all the time and you don’t have to rely on a course structure to learn new skills. Once you buy your book on a new subject you can jump around in the book learn it backwards and study it however you see fit.
There is also a larger range of what books can offer. Since book publication is older than many courses and certifications, you can find books that are written about any subject that you are interested in learning about. Whether it be personal development, math, science, sales, marketing, or whatever you decide to pursue.
Last but not least is networking. I believe that networking and talking with experienced people around the world can give you insight that you can’t find in a book or a course.
I think a benefit to networking is that you learn social skills and you learn to work with others and ask questions.
Talking to people that have more experience than you or experience in other areas can provide insight, guidance and new perspectives that will stick and help you learn.
Life is not about where you start, it is about where you finish. In order to live to the fullest I believe personal growth should be at the front of your mind as you move forward in life.