You can never go wrong investing in yourself.
That’s what my Dad told me a long time when I was trying to decide if I should take out a student loan and go to graduate school. It was good advice then, and I’ve used it often in my life when I’m trying to make a decision that involves spending money to learn something new. The return on investment may not be immediate, but it’s usually worthwhile over the longer haul.
I bring this up, because it’s conference and workshop season all across the country and you’re probably trying to decide if you should go. Money and time are always tight, and it’s hard to spend either one. But here’s what I’ve learned, after going to lots and lots of conferences over the last 10 years, usually as a speaker.
When I go with the intent that I’m going to learn something that will make my business more successful, and me a happier person, I get what I was looking for. Sometimes it comes from a speaker that I hadn’t expected would have something for me. Sometimes it’s from someone I meet at the conference. Going to conferences also puts me in a whole new environment, something that research has shown helps your brain make new connections. So sometimes my brain suddenly takes two pieces of information, and puts them together in a new way to create something valuable.
There are lots of great conferences coming up, and we’ve listed tons of them on our Events Calendar. Check them out. And if you have one coming up, let us know. We’re happy to share information about it, and we’ll even set up a page at On Pasture if you don’t have your own conference website.
You can also help your On Pasture Community be taking us with you to any conference you might attend. Just download this flyer, make some copies, and pass them out, or ask the conference sponsor if it would be ok to leave them on the registration table. Remember, the bigger our community is the easier it is for us to find funding to keep our great articles coming!
Another great way to invest in yourself is to support On Pasture. We’re dedicated to giving you information you need to be more profitable and efficient. We know you’re reading…but we can’t keep on without your support! Join the On Pasture community and invest in yourself.