A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog about how I almost chose not to go to a conference and how I almost chose not to invest in my own development and learning.
Someone who had read the blog asked me a really incisive question. “What was the payback from having invested in yourself?”. What a great question! I love it when the coachee becomes the coach, and it always happens.
Well a great question deserves a well considered and honest answer. I can only answer for myself and others will have their own answers.
The first and most obvious effect was renewed energy. I have always found that when I learn new things I get renewed energy. It seems to raise me above the day to day and inspire me to do something about all the things about which I don’t know enough. That’s why to me a regular habit of reading and learning is so important. (You may need to read Brian Tracy’s article called the Golden Hour. Click here to access it). It seems that the more I learn the more I realise I have yet to learn and that thought is energising.
The second effect was increased focus on the topics about which I was learning. It caused me to refocus on Business, on coaching, on business coaching and on my mastery (or lack of it) of all of those and other subjects. This in turn allowed me better perspective on all of those things than I would have had had I not put myself in that environment.
We can’t discount the effect of the environment either. Surrounding myself with thought leaders and people who are committed to learning and getting better is a rare opportunity and the positive effects of such an environment cannot be underestimated. Someone once said that we will be the average of the 5 people that we spend most time with, so why would anyone not want to spend time with people who are positively working hard on themselves, and thought leaders who are happy to share their thoughts and experiences? Just compare that to our average daily surroundings.
Of course there is also the benefit of the new knowledge that I can apply straight away to the benefit of my business, my clients’ businesses and therefore our lives. I know I am in the knowledge business but so are most of us. As Peter Drucker said some time ago, we are in the age of the knowledge worker and knowledge is becoming more and more perishable as a commodity with each passing year so it makes sense to continually and strenuously augment that knowledge. Only a fool would not keep the tools of his trade clean, polished and up to date. You wouldn’t employ a craftsman that had old, rusty and badly serviced tools. Our tools are our ability to think and be current and relevant. They need constant use and constant updating.
So there are just a few of the benefits that I have felt so far.
Was it worth going? My answer is definitely.
What about financially? Read next weeks blog to find out.
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