Are You Worth It?

Published: July 19, 2011
By: Faye Hollands

Brian Tracy once said “If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development”.  What’s interesting though is that so many people put their own growth and development in the hands of their boss or HR department, and then whinge when they don’t have the skills or experience they need to get ahead in their career.  If you’re serious about achieving success, personally or professionally, there are 3 things you must do to avoid this pitfall…

3 Steps You Must Take

Take control of your own self-development by following these 3 steps…

1.  Work Out What You Want

To make a smart choice about the type of self development you want to invest your time and energy into you must identify what direction you’re heading in first.  Without a clear objective in mind you might find yourself wasting time and money on a course that won’t help you develop your career in the long run.  Struggling to work out what you want to do?  Hire a Career Coach and get some professional advice to set you on the right track.

2.  Put A Plan In Place

Once you’ve identified what you want to do, don’t get distracted and let your good ideas fall by the wayside.  Put a plan in place to identify where you can up-skill, and how you’re physically going to make it happen.  Schedule time in your diary to follow through with your ideas, and tell as many people as possible what you’re planning on doing – this will aid accountability and motivation!

3.  Be Committed

You must believe that your self-development is your own responsibility, and follow a path that you are truly committed to.  Don’t sign up to a course halfhearted, or enroll in a program that you don’t really want to do.   When you’re investing time, energy and money you need to be committed from start to finish.

Significantly, remember that we ALL need to upgrade during our careers if we want to get ahead and keep developing.  Relying on out-of-date skills or an old-school mindset will do nothing for your prospects, and expecting someone else to take responsibility for your own development is a lame excuse.

Decide now that you and your career are worth the investment and do something about improving your self-development today.

What actions have you taken to invest in your own self-development? Post a comment below and let me know what’s worked for you!


Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

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Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email

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2 Responses to Are You Worth It?

  1. Joanna

    First of all thank you very much for these very boosting advices! As for me, I spent the last six months on a fantastic and very much involving professional training that I successfully accomplished three weeks ago. Why I did it? To update my knowledge and upgrade my competencies. 
    I also updated my CV (thank you for the great “revamp your resume” sessions!). Now I have to create the new opportunities…

  2. Hi Joanna,

    I agree with your opinion. What I know from my experience is that people most of the times are too lazy to change a job from time to time. And when they want to do this it is too late because the technology evolved and their skills are out-of-date of they have an old-school mindset.

    Again, thank you for this nice article!

    Best regards!


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