ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

Personal and Professional Development

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

Photo by Headway

It seems like in today’s world, most individuals reach a point in their career and just…settle in. There’s nothing wrong with that; the world is changing, and so are many things in our daily lives. With so much to demand our attention, it’s easy for personal and professional development to take a back seat.

But no matter who you are or what you do for a living, it’s important to spend time each month—ideally throughout the year—exercising your mind, developing new skills, and keeping abreast of the industry trends and best practices. All of this will benefit you personally, and it will add value back to your business or your employer.

If you want to earn more money, you’ll need to learn new things.

And the best part is, working on your personal and professional development doesn’t have to become a financial burden. There are many free and low-cost ways to keep growing:

  • Read books
  • Take online courses
  • Read trade magazines
  • Subscribe to blogs and social media accounts of industry leaders
  • Talk with your competitors about their best practices

This last point is an often-overlooked but crucial step in your continuing personal and professional development. You can learn so much from other people—especially competitors—and talking shop with others in your industry is an important opportunity to see things from a different perspective.

Brown and ripe or green and growing—it’s your choice!

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