Startups, learning, life and happiness by Paul Brown

Invest In Yourself

Right now in your current job would you say you are  learning or just earning?..

It is an interesting question because I believe been in a stable job with a good salary may not be the best thing for us. If you are not learning new skills and pushing yourself regularly your ‘good job’ may actually be damaging for you in the long term.

I don’t think it is a good idea to make a career decision based on immediate financial gain, indeed a lot of choices have money in mind - but I also make sure I consider what the long-term goal is - what am I going to learn, who am I going to help, is this better for people close to me, will this choice make the world better in any way, in five years time what will this mean.

A year or so ago when I started building evemi.com the idea was never to earn money, it was never a career decision.. I just wanted to learn something new, have fun and reach out to people. It has been the same with every venture I have taken on over the past few years, I have done them all to learn, to progress, to get better, to have fun.

Sometimes I think it is good to take a look at your current situation and ask yourself when was the last time you learnt something new. When was the last time you invested time and money into yourself and studied something and got really good at it? When was the last time you pushed yourself into the 'uncomfortable zone’?

The first step in making any success is studying, you have to invest in yourself in order to have the skills to help other people, and ultimately there is nothing better than helping people.