How did 2010 turn out for you? Did you earn as much as you had expected? Did you move your career forward as you had planned?
There is a famous quote attributed to various individuals, so I will use Winston Churchill here:
“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
If your response to any of the questions in the first line were negative, what are you planning to change to get things going in the right direction in 2011? Are you willing to make a personal investment in your own growth, or are you dependent on your employer to do it for you?
I ran a simple, one-question survey on LinkedIn recently that asked this question:
“How much are you planning to spend out of your own pocket for training/career development in 2011?”
There were 63 responses to the survey. The following is the breakdown of those responses:
From $500 to $1,000 in personal training/Development
No personal investment being considered
Personal investment between $1,000 and $2,000
Personal investment over $2,000
What changes are you planning on making to change your course in 2011? Will you learn from your past, or end up in the same place as you did this year?