Brain Muscle

Who doesn't want to climb that ladder of success?  In today's day and age - we all just want to get to the top where we can live the American dream of having financial freedom... but how do we get there? Where to begin?

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. ~ Kofi Annan

Step 1 - Realize that you can never know too much.  Knowledge is power.

If you want to get ahead -- then arm yourself with as much information as you can so you are ready for anything.  As technology continues to expand, so should your brain.  Be the "Christopher Columbus" of your own mind. The more you know - the stronger the armor you build around your future.


Think outside the box! 

Challenge yourself to learn 1 new thing a day.

Step 2 - Don't be afraid to pick up a book.

Reading is essential.

Just as important as it is to keep the body fit - the same goes for your brain.  Keep in mind that well-informed decision-making enables a company to make the right investments, identify market trends and adapt their operations as needed.  In addition, drawing data from all areas of your research, while putting in your due diligence, enhances these efforts even further.  Without  the knowledge to back yourself up, you are a ship out of water.  Knowing more - only sets you aside from the next guy and gets you one step further up that proverbial ladder.

Whatever your field of expertise is, why not simply Google a topic to start learning more?  Another option would be to download one of those e-book apps and start reading on your phone, tablet or computer in the comforts of your own space - however, if electronic books are not your thing - head on over to your local library (or book store) and pull out a book or two. The great thing is you can educate yourself on a leisurely timeline and learn at your own pace for free, without having to sign up for a class. 

However, if you would like to take a class to learn more about a specific topic in depth, you could always look into online classes and or check out what courses your local schools are offering and see what resources are available.

Often times, you can find a variety of classes that are free of charge to further your learning experiences.  It is also useful to check in with the company you are employed with to see what kinds of classes and or opportunities that they offer to further your education. 

Step 3 - Don't get too confident or complacent.

Just when you think you know it all ... think again. 

Information is a constant evolving source of knowledge. Every day technology changes, laws change, practices change, life in general keeps changing, etc..  Ingenuity is always right around the next corner and you don't want to get left behind.

Just remember - You are never "too old" to keep learning.

Wouldn't it be nice if you were the one who knew just a little bit more than the next guy?  They say "dress to impress" but I say -- it's just as important to "show what you know".

Using your available knowledge can clearly provide needed power for a company’s internal growth efforts and showcase your value as being an integral asset to that expansion.  Why not take that opportunity to flex your brain muscle and share what you know with others?  Often times, when you find yourself complacent you tend to fly under the radar and you keep yourself down.

Learn from others.

Sharing is caring.  Just think for a moment -- if knowledge isn't shared, how will anyone be able to gel together?  How can you have a well oiled vessel if you knew a piece of something and the next guy knew a piece of something and so on and so on but no one shared what they knew? ... You can learn just as much from the person next to you as much they can learn from you.  Don't be afraid to pick someone else's brain.  Don't be intimidated by the power of what you think someone else may know.  They may not know as much as you think... but be inquisitive and that will get you the answers you need to know.

Become a sponge.

Soak up as much as you can, about as much as you can.  Learn a new hobby.  Learn a new trade.  Learn a new recipe. Just keep learning. You never know when your brainpower is going to lend itself to being your best asset. Again, it's about keeping yourself armed with intellectual ammunition to set yourself aside from the others and preparing you for whatever situation may come your way, increasing your self worth. 

In summary - you always want to keep yourself relevant, well rounded and viable.  Treat yourself like an investment property.  The more you put into yourself, the more value you will get out.




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