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Knowledge Is Power: 6 Rules Successful People Live by to Teach Themselves Everything

Knowledge Is Power: 6 Rules Successful People Live by to Teach Themselves Everything

What if I told you that you can learn just about anything you are interested in, in a timely and cost-effective way? With so many time-constraints in our daily life, our education is being constantly halted. With the practice of self-education, your future is back in your hands.

Self-education will make you a fortune.

Self-education is extremely important for your future and it’s one of the most effective ways to increase your knowledge on whichever topic you may be interested in. Jim Rohn,[1] America’s Foremost Business Philosopher, once said: “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” The world is changing so rapidly, by having the self-education skill, you can learn almost anything you choose to and stay on the edge in the information age and avoid becoming obsolete.

If you are wondering what self-education means and how to put it in practice, you have come to the right place! Self-education means the self-guided learning process anyone can take in order to better improve their knowledge. The methods implied focus more on practical knowledge rather than theoretical one which, for most people, makes it easier to learn and later remember. Self-education also relies on the notion that, by educating yourself, you will get some sort of return such as a job promotion or an improvement in your earning ability.[2]

Learning new skills can double you chance of success.

Self-education lets you take control of your life by allowing you to improve any skills you need in order to reach your goals. You may even acquire a whole new set of skills. Apart from being a powerful tool to further help you educate yourself, self-education can also be an incredible way to learn something entirely new! A recent study conducted by Stack Overflow[3] found that 69.1% of software developers appear to be self-taught!

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Self-education can help you take the first step towards success. For example, if you are planing to change your job, consider educating yourself further on the particular industry you want to switch to. This newly acquired knowledge will increase your chance of adapting and quickly succeeding at your new job.

On the other hand, self-education can help you take that extra step on the road to success. Let’s say you are a salesman. By taking the time to educate yourself on new sales techniques, you are likely to later increase your sales and improve your closing rates.

Self-education isn’t easy. That’s why you need to prepare for it.

Self-education can be a liberating practice that helps you understand your learning styles and how to teach yourself effectively.

But as you may have noticed by now, self-education is no easy task. The practice of self-education presupposes that you follow a specific schedule and the right resources in order to teach yourself correct information in a time-effective manner.

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Now that you have a better understanding of the concept, the pros, and the cons of self-education, we will give you some useful tips on how to turn this concept into a useful reality.

1. Start with something you like

Whether you would like to progress in your career or get a new hobby, self-education can help you as long as you find a specific interest you would like to further educate yourself on. Having an interest is vitally important when it comes to learning. Some studies[4] found that “interest can help us think more clearly, understand more deeply, and remember more accurately.” If you are unsure of your interest, start by making a list of specific goals you would like to reach and then make a list of skills required in order to achieve your goals.

2. Find the right sources

More important than learning something is to learn something factual and proven. Make sure that your sources are reliable by reading some reviews about that specific website, book, YouTube channel. Speaking of YouTube, non-traditional sources such as YouTube or online podcasts can be hugely useful.

3. Grab a book

Reading[5] can help you become more successful. Nobody has all the answers but everybody can find a book or books to learn more about the topic and become an expert. When Elon Musk[6] was asked by people how he learned to build rockets, he simply said “I read books!” The ability and the willingness to learn is the most important asset anyone can have.

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“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman

4. Assign time for learning

Make sure that you are not making excuses when it comes to making time to learn. By giving yourself a certain amount of time to solely focus on self-education, and even establishing deadlines to finish specific topics, you are increasing your chances that your time-investment will quickly lead to big results.

5. Don’t forget to test yourself

Don’t be scared to put your knowledge to practice. Once you feel confident enough to try something new, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Practical education can be a powerful tool when it comes to helping you further cement your knowledge. The ultimate goal will always be to put theory into a practical and useful skill.

6. Commit to life-long learning

Never stop learning! With the widespread use of the internet, you can have access to extremely useful information anywhere. Use that to your advantage and to constantly update your knowledge and intermittently better yourself.

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Besides online learning, you can also continue your education from workshops, networking events and personal development seminars in your city or local area. There are so many unparalleled benefits[7] you can get from attending live events and seminars that you cannot simply get by reading books or searching on the internet. You might be able to access exclusive information which is not available anywhere else. You can ask the experts directly and receive personal advice and recommendations.

Your ability and commitment to lifelong learning is critical to your success. By dedicating yourself to learning and growing everyday, you can get ahead in every aspect of life and achieve the goals you set out for yourself. The dream life you always want to have might just be one book away, one seminar away or one skill away. Keep on learning and applying what you’ve learned and you will eventually get there.

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

  • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

  • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

  • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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Different Folks, Different Strokes

Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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Productivity and Trust Killer

Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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A Flexible Remote Working Policy

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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