Making a commitment to personal development takes many forms. Some of us love the structure of the classroom, others like independent study, travel to conferences, or the convenience of web-based instruction. Whatever the format, no matter the flavor, the important thing is that you make a personal commitment to your own growth and development.

Read that article, that book.
Attend that seminar, log into that webinar.
Schedule training into your daily grind.
Pay attention to developing soft skills, technical expertise.
Challenge yourself to earn a degree, a professional certification.

The most valuable thing you can do for yourself and your career, no matter what stage of the journey you’re in, is to commit to personal growth, to life-long learning.

If your employer offers tuition reimbursement, use it. If there is a seminar you’re dying to attend, go. When you need a break from a massive spreadsheet, read an article that interests you. Identify thought leaders you admire, follow them. If you’ve always wanted to start (or finish) a degree program, do it.

It is your belief in yourself that will push you over the hurdles and carry you to the finish line. Believe in yourself, make a commitment to your own growth.

Hillary

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