Year-End reflections: money, new skills, and exercise resolutions

It’s that time again!
Time of the year when we review our activity log for the year.
And analyze what went well.
What could have been done better; or needed improvement.
And think about next years’ goals and resolutions.
(As usual, the exercise resolution is the front runner : )

More money
Not surprisingly, many want 2016 to bring them a raise in salary.
If improving your financial situation is high on your list, a good place to start is by learning a new skill.
This will put you in a better position to achieve that goal.

You’ll see it all over the place, “Never stop learning.”
And it’s true. Learning a new skill is a good investment in yourself.
It benefits you professionally as well as personally.
Choose a good teacher. And have a good support system.

When learning a new skill keep in mind that some will have a high-learning curve;
especially when you don’t know much about the subject/field.
Allow extra time for it. And know you’ll need to put extra effort into it.

Cars and driving
In my case, some skills I’ve “mastered” had nothing to do with my job. Driving was one of them.
For years friends would say, “It doesn’t make sense: an independent person like you not driving!”
It made perfect sense to me: I enjoyed the view from the passenger’s side of the car.
Then several years ago I decided to make the transition:  give-up the much-coveted passenger seat.
And take the driver seat.
Surprisingly, I like driving more than I thought I would. Who knew!?
I should have done it sooner.
(For out-of-town driving I still like the passenger seat: )

Lawnmowers and rocks
About the same time with learning to drive, I’ve also got “acquainted” with the lawnmower.
Lots of fun! First, I had no idea which end was up. Once I figured that up, I started mowing.
But then it made this awful noise.
Apparently lawnmowers don’t like rocks!
(Update: I am still “cautiously optimistic” about my mowing skills ; )

Create your success story
Whatever your reasons are, know that when you acquire new skills
you create new opportunities for yourself.

And that’s the jumpstart to create your own success story.

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/Comments/in Management,Success/by Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru, an Eastern European transplant, fell in love with her new home shortly after landing in New York. She "discovered" pizza! Years later she still loves pizza. And so do her two feathered-kids, Sunny and Flipper

Mariana worked on both, the east and the west coast.
Big or small, each project she worked on helped define the importance of gaining and sustaining a competitive edge in an increasingly complex business environment.

Business know-how, love of teaching and writing – all combined in 2006 to form OBI.
Its mission: to make learning fun! And easy.

Through its training, consulting, and publications OBI builds bridges of knowledge to take you from where you are to
where you want to go. Using a mix of serious, informal, analytical, and optimistic approach, OBI truly makes learning fun.

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