I have a question for you today. On the surface, it may seem like a simple question. But don’t read over it too quickly, or you just might miss it!

What are you doing TODAY to increase your work skills?

It doesn’t matter what you do – whether you run your own business or you work for someone else – this still applies to you. Because the bottom line is, the marketplace determines your value not based on your looks, your personality or your background. It’s your skills!

Now, here’s that question: Who makes more money, a general M.D. or a brain surgeon? The brain surgeon, of course. Why? Because brain surgeons have specialized knowledge and skills. They’ve invested more time and money into learning a higher skill set.

It works the same way for you and me. If you increase your skill level, you will increase your pay. And, the good news is we each control our own skills. Therefore, we each control our own paychecks!

So, let me ask you again: What are you doing today to increase your skill at work?

I’m not asking what you did in college, or last year, or last week, or even over the weekend. I’m asking what you’re doing today.

Many people make the mistake of thinking it’s enough to occasionally invest into their skills. They think just because they took a class last year, or they majored in a specific area in college, they’re set. But the reality is, if you’re not growing, you’re falling behind… quickly.

To get you started, try these 3 ways to increase your value at work. There are tons of ways to do this, but these are just 3 easy places to begin today.

  1. Read books. Do some research and find the top books in your field. When you’re researching, look for testimonials with real results. Be very careful who you listen to and allow to speak into your life. Also keep in mind, the biggest breakthroughs often come from two unrelated industries. So, even if you don’t consider yourself to be “in sales” you could find massive inspiration and discover new skill sets by reading a book on sales. Or, perhaps you will discover ways to implement management strategies within your team, even if you’re not in an “official” management position.

    Keep an open mind and ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?”While books are inexpensive and don’t require much of your time, remember you will get out of it what you put in. Don’t expect to get massive results from simply reading a book. However, this is a good way to continuously expose yourself to many different ideas, concepts, strategies and skill sets.

  2. Take a class. Find a college course, an online workshop or a seminar to attend. Again, you want to be very careful when it comes to who you allow to speak into your life. All seminars, trainers, speakers and classes are not created equal. (Not even close!) That’s why testimonials are so important. Don’t look for people who say, “I loved this class!” or “So-and-so is such a great speaker!”

    Look for cold, hard facts. Like Chad & Sommer, who said, “When we first came to First Steps To Success, we averaged $69 a month in our business. Today we average $50K-$60K per month, all because of what we learned at First Steps.” Or Mike Gibson, who told us, “Since plugging into First Steps To Success, I have tripled my income, and we’ve paid off $32K of debt in 7 months!”

  3. Look and listen. Be aware of the needs inside your company. What needs can you fill, either for your boss, your team or your clients? What gaps exist within your team? Ask yourself these two questions:
    • What skills do I HAVE able to fill these needs?
    • What skills can I LEARN to meet these needs?

    By filling these gaps/needs, you immediately increase your value!

My friend, the marketplace pays for value. And the only thing determining your value is your skill. Most people believe their personalities will help them become successful. But unless you actively increase your skill level, you will not advance your career. That’s the bottom line.

So, I’ll ask you one more time. What are you doing today to increase your skills at work? I hope you’re starting to think of ways to raise your value, whether it’s taking a class, attending First Steps To Success to learn business tips, sales strategies and people skills to increase YOUR pay or finding existing needs inside your company. I would love to know what action you will take today to increase your skill (which will increase your value and your paycheck). Let me know in the comments below!

And, don’t forget to join me for The Dani Johnson Show today for more insights and inspiration. You can find the show on your TV and radio and please remember you can always stream today’s show right here on our website.

In great faith,

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