b. Knowledge and the ability to learn
It is obvious that by reading this that you have some basic English skills. What other resources do we have? Our skills, our experiences our qualifications have all developed due to either hands on or book learning.
When we start doing something we may fail simply from lack of experience. We need to learn from those early experiences and tried again until we finally succeed. We mentioned before that even people with talent and ability can only become successful if they practise and take every opportunity to improve on their natural abilities. This is why mentors and role models are useful as we can learn from them and take short cuts as a result.
Practise suggests that we are actually doing something whereas learning implies that we are reading or attending classes to gain knowledge that we can use. Learning includes reading books, watching videos and DVDs, listening to CDs and mp3 files. It also includes learning from other people discussing things so that there is a cross fertilisation of ideas. Training is something that we agree to do with the help of someone who is more skilled or experienced than we are. Successful people never stop learning. They recommend and share sources of information so that they help others learn. Many organisations and professions encourage the idea of continuous professional development however someone who really wants to succeed would not need that kind of encouragement they would be doing it anyway. This requires investing time and money in learning from people who have been there, done it and if they are still alive still doing it.
Anyone who has the ability to read this must have had quite a number of experiences in their life because no one is born able to read. The issue is what do we do with that experience? Do we put it to one side and forget about it or do we review it and use it to learn from. We said earlier how important it is that when we have failed to go back and work out why so that we do not make the same mistake again. The reverse is also true. It is also useful to review things that have worked well so that we can repeat them next time we undertake that task.
In the Rich Dad Poor Dad series, Kiyosaki compares the lives and values of his natural father and his best friend’s father. They had completely different ways of thinking about how to handle money. Kiyosaki’s thesis is that you have to move from the way that his poor dad thought to the way that his rich dad thought if you are going to become wealthy. His boyhood experiences have become a resource that he has used to first develop himself into a successful business man and then to help others develop their financial abilities.
Remember people who struggle to expand their knowledge or do not see the need to do so are often those who are seen as less valuable and therefore are not paid as much. If we are content with what we know and are not willing to expand it then we need to be content with the earning power that we have because it is unlikely to increase.