ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

Personal and Professional Development

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

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In today’s world, it appears that many individuals reach a certain point in their careers and simply settle in. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that; the world is evolving, and so are many aspects of our daily lives. With numerous demands vying for our attention, personal and professional development often ends up on the back burner. Now is the opportune moment to alter that course, and fortunately, there’s an abundance of resources available to assist in this transition.

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. These efforts significantly contribute to your professional growth and add value 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.

  • Reading books
  • Engaging in online courses
  • Following trade magazines
  • Subscribing to blogs and social media accounts of industry leaders
  • Conversing with competitors about their best practices

This last point is often overlooked but crucial 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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