Going back to school is like a well-loved baking recipe. This recipe though is for Achieving Academic Success. Now you are probably already thinking that this is way too hard. I do have the ingredients for that. The number one main thing holding many back from moving forward is that main ingredient, money. I’m not going to let that deter me though. In my case, I am an older professional and after many years of hard work and achievements, I find myself in the arena of needing to upskill. No matter how much you can learn from within your work organization; you sometimes come to the realization that it is not enough.
So, to fill in my recipe of success and come up smelling roses, so to speak! How does one find the energy to go about finding those five necessary ingredients? The first one is ‘Determination’ to succeed. Can you see your co-workers getting congratulated when they mention some cool achievements? Can you see that person learning more and possibly receiving more responsibility or even a better job position within the organization? Well now you have seen that determination in action. You need that to just get started, and it’s a good start.
Yet you also need to have the next ingredient ‘Desire’ or mindset to grow. With the old habit ‘learn-as-you-go’ must go away. Start with the free eBooks, YouTube videos and free online learning courses that can give you an introduction to what you desire to know and improve on! Now this ingredient is easy and requires no monetary input. But the thirst for knowledge is a good thing to have. Feed it and it will grow and it will be possible to reach a certain awareness and level of improvement. But will it be enough to change your impact internally? That remains to be seen.
The next stage is the hardest, when learning is more than just a ‘when you have free time’ kind of investment. The energy seems to be all gone by the time your workday is over. When all you want to do is eat and have some much needed down-time. ‘Perseverance’ is your next ingredient needed to face time shortages. Carve out another sliver of precious time in learning new things and change your mind-set to accept improvement. Sticking to a plan and seeing it through is the glue of getting your recipe to take shape.
Now the next part how does one show newfound knowledge? We take a pinch of ‘Pride’ in our accomplishments and we look forward to opportunities to show that. But what if there are no opportunities, projects, or conversation where it comes to bear. You now realize that you cannot showcase this new found knowledge. That kind of frustration can set you back and think, “Why am I wasting my time?” How can I show my co-workers and company I’m worth investing in on that new project or open job position? We compete in the workplace and in the world and our pride of a job well done. This is something that no matter how humble we strive to be, we also need that recognition that all that work was worth it.
Lastly, but not necessarily considered last, is the ‘Investment’ ingredient we need in our recipe. A key piece that we apply to all areas of our life. We use to invest in ourselves, like new clothes help shape our persona. We also have to pay for groceries, rent/mortgage and other mundane life requirements. To show that we can take care of ourselves is an investment as much as our Academic Success requires financial application. This we need to stir in and it need not be a hard found ingredient. A good start is school yourself in learning how your finances work. Savings is a good start for future and for schooling. Keeping ourselves in good credit standing also requires work. Being aware that we have access to monetary advantages such as grants, scholarships, personal loans can go a long way to funding your ‘Recipe’ towards Academic Success. It is also a good motivator to know that in the end it is all worth it.
To your success.
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