To Have More Than You’ve Got, Become More Than You Are.Aug 04, 2021 04:42PM ● By Dr. Rodger
If you want to be wealthy and happy, learn this lesson well: learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. I must admit that this is the most challenging assignment of one’s life. Personal development, i.e. working on and improving “you”, lasts a lifetime.
What you become is far more important than what you get. The important question to ask on the job is not, “what am I getting?” Instead, ask, “What am I becoming?” What you become directly influences what you get. Think of it this way… most of what you have today, you have attracted by being/becoming the person you are today.
The marketplace is a demanding place. There is plenty of opportunity, but you’ve got to get ready for it and prepare for it. We’ve got to spend a portion of this year getting ready for next year, and we’ve got to spend a portion of this decade getting ready for the next decade. Hopefully, the reason we’re here, looking well, doing fairly well, is because we spent a portion of the last decade getting ready for this decade.
A big chunk of life is spent getting ready, getting prepared, and part of that is the ongoing development of skills. Personal development/self-improvement is a push, it’s a struggle, it’s a challenge. There wouldn’t be any winning without challenges. That’s what life is all about. It’s the struggle and the challenge, which develops our “selves”, our skills, to see what we can create in the way of value in the marketplace.
Life is all about creating skills and value and taking those skills and values to the marketplace… and then what it will return to you. New habits don’t come easy, but they can be developed. Sometimes, when you develop a lot of momentum in one direction, it’s not that easy to change - but it is possible. It isn’t easy, but it’s possible. Learn the skills, put yourself through the paces, do the mental pushups, and get yourself ready.
It’s one thing to be motivated, but it’s another thing to be motivated sufficiently to take the classes, do the reading, do the repetition, go through it over and over, until it becomes part of you. These are the challenges. They’re not easy, but they are challenges that if you win and develop and grow, they are what determine your place, your return, your equity, your worth… and that will get you your return from the marketplace.