With self-discipline, most anything is possible.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Self-discipline, by definition, is the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses. It is the ability to pursue what one thinks is right, despite temptations to abandon it. Self-discipline and self- education are two of the magic ingredients when it comes to success.

If you want to get somewhere in your life and in business, you have goals to achieve, and dreams to chase. Only some people are able to get where they want. Is it because of luck, talent, circumstances or hard work? For each individual, it can be one or more factors combined. When building your skill set for future employment or business ventures it is important to not only look at the financial gain, label or field, but also the experiences you will learn from by taking on the new venture or position. It takes a lot of self-discipline to stick the plan, continue to try, fail, try again and possibly fail again – but keep going until you make it.

You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safetyAbraham Maslow

Consider the 70-20-10 rule: about 70 percent of your learning and development come from assignments that stretch you and allow you to learn new skills; 20 percent will be from other people, especially your boss; and 10 percent will be from training and courses. Let your curiosity lead you to commit to continuous learning.

As entrepreneurs, the definition of success is derived from education, humility, and a whole lot of tenacity. The keyword here being education. To pave our own way and craft our dream career, a drive to continue learning comes with the title. It is the key to powering a good life both personally, and professionally.

Becoming immersed in literature, staying up to date with online content, participating in programs and enrolling in courses are just some of the few and inventive ways entrepreneurs are utilizing to stay ahead of the pack.

Falling behind can happen so quickly. A business or an individual that is ill prepared or unequipped with the latest tools necessary to survive in our current day society may actually end up regressing. A sense of staleness can begin to invade if we don’t find ways to invest in ourselves. When too much time has passed, you may even feel unemployable at some point in your career, especially as the younger generation sweeps in and starts to reshape our modern workflow.

I can’t stress this enough, learning is lifelong, and it’s the answer to a bold and bright future. Find the time and the drive for it, because education is synonymous with success. Find the aspiration to move forward and live successfully, and continue to develop in a capacity where you access the tools you’ve been given through years of formal and self- education and use them to become a lifelong learner, and an overtime achiever.

Jacob Cline

Cline is a business entrepreneur, consultant and marketing professional in the Chicago Land area. With a sports background playing minor level professional hockey, Cline found a new passion in the Brand Marketing & Sales field. Jacob has a naturally competitive spirit, which allowed him to pick up skills from an early age and throughout his hockey career that would set him up for success in becoming a young entrepreneur. His diverse skill set made him an effective leader and business owner, which led to subsequent success in representing fortune 100 & 500 companies throughout the country.

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