Hi! And how are you all? I do hope this newsletter finds all of you in good health. August has been a good month. It has been busy, which is always good. I however, had a chance to take a week off to go off on a holiday with my family. I must admit that I am in a fortunate position of being able to dictate my own personal holidays.
The other day, I was looking through some of my notes on a Jack Canfield training course that I attended some years back, when I came upon this quote of his “Learn to work harder on yourself than on your job. When you work hard on your job, you can make a living, but when you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune.” I cannot help but agree wholeheartedly with his statement.
Like Jack Canfield, I believe that we need to focus on improving ourselves as opposed to working harder at our job. Let’s take a salesman for example. Let’s say he works 8 hours a day trying to sell his products. I would think that if he invested a half hour of his time daily in improving his sales skills by reading books, listening to audio tapes, going for seminars/training or interacting with star salesmen, then he will most certainly become better at what he does. By applying what he learns he will then most certainly improve his sales results from the same number of calls that he makes. He improves not because he worked harder, but because he used different methods or else improved his previous methods. This is what Stephen Covey meant when he said, “Always sharpen the saw.”
We must remember that we are all products in the job market and therefore need to to “invest” in ourselves by constantly upgrading and learning new skills or improving those that we have already acquired.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. I really do hope that I have in a small way made a difference to your lives. Until my next newsletter, take care and I do hope you will all have a great month ahead.