Mistake: Ignoring Opportunities to Invest in Yourself

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What do we know about the competitive job market? Isn’t it a staggering fact that chances of being employed soon after graduation have become narrower?

Globally the job markets have changed. The way we do business has also changed. No longer do we see people getting into economic spaces, by way of being employed with relative ease.

I have heard people blaming corrupt practices by hiring managers. We hear talks of political affiliation, nepotism and the likes. But those are part of the package, in these wolf pack. Yet, some people are not buying into idea of investing in themselves. And this they do to their own demise.

Most young people are waiting for the right time. The right time to be serious about investing in themselves. They believe things will change for the better. They believe that the economy will flourish. And only then will they find time and space to improve.

Yet, I must say if now isn’t the right time then there’s no such thing as the right time. The truth is, without investing in own self many run the risk of being irrelevant in the market.

Today there are several ways to self-improve. You can always think of taking short-courses, volunteering, reading books and attending seminars and/or workshops. A lot of personal development material is availed online. There’s no acceptable excuse of why so many show disinterest in investing in themselves.

But, this uncaring attitude costs both individuals and society. Which is why, we’ve got to take some time and investigate this mistake of ignoring opportunities to invest in own self.

As opposed to passively waiting for the right time, people should actively be on the lookout for opportunities. As suggested above, today the online presence of opportunities means people can readily find them.

The world of work is drastically changing and people should also be on the move. Catch up if we must. Improve if we should. Volunteering where necessary. But by all means do something. People should stop searching for defining moments.

I remember one motivational speaker. Whoever that guy is, he earned himself a place in my mind. He said, “Purpose is that feeling that you have, when you realize that you are part of something larger than yourself.”

But why even bother investing in yourself? Well this is where you get to learn about the nature of the job markets or even the startup ecosystem. There’s always a risk of failure in all of us. So fear of being criticized shouldn’t paralyze us.

Yet at the same time, what makes people to keep ignoring calls for investing in themselves is that they are not desperate enough. Desperate for success. Yes, they talk about it. They fantasize about it. But the right time mindset, a traitor, robs people a desire to succeed.


Teboho Polanka
Teboho is a Social Worker, Writer and Inspirational Speaker. He is in pursuit of MSc. in Managerial Psychology. Graduates are able to apply psychological principles and methods to tackle challenges in the work environment and provide effective practical solutions. Acting as industrial-organizational psychologists.