“If you want to be successful, don’t let hard work deter you….Learn as much as you can.”
As mentioned in my bio, I took courses on and off by correspondence for 10 years some of them include a diploma International Business and a diploma in freight forwarding. I took and completed my certificates for CIFFA (Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association http://www.ciffa.com) which led into my FIATA diploma (http://www.fiata.com)I knew this was not something I wanted to do for the rest of the my life but it related to the industry I was in and as it turns out (depending on what sector you end up getting into) Freight and Brokerage is an integral part of most everyday business. I don’t know everything there is to know but I know enough to hold up a conversation and get by. I tried my hand at brokerage but after one course I KNEW this was not for me and I moved on to try purchasing and supply chain, again related and there was one section out of the whole course I remembered. That was learning about how each different culture has unique ways of dealing with business, family and socializing….i.e: What is acceptable and not acceptable. From there I started my long journey to obtain my FITT diploma, meanwhile I was working in the operations department and then starting my career in sales. It was NOT easy, I failed a couple of courses and had to retake the tests, it took 3 and a half years which was a year more then I was hoping it would have taken and there were a few times (not many) that I was at home studying while my friends were out partying.
I guess what I am trying to say is that for the average person who isn’t good at everything first time or has to work hard to achieve, perseverance is everything. I didn’t go to college or university purely because I thought it was a waste of money and I educated myself while working at the same time, it truly allowed me the freedom to live life and try different things to find out what I truly believed in and wanted to do with my life.
Even after I had finished my diploma I still dedicated myself to continuing education through books and cd’s. Whenever I am in my car I pop a cd to learn about Communication, public speaking, financial education, sales and anything else I can get my hands on. By maximizing the prescious time I have available, I am able to expand my learning even more. Before I start work for the day and before I sleep at night and I alternate between self educational books again on public speaking, communication, working from home, world domination and the 4 hour work week (sadly only a titles) and Fictional Novels that I love to read. Besides allowing me to expand my knowledge and read more books then I would normally by rewarding myself with the fiction.!
Knowledge is key in any interaction whether it be business, family or social. It provides you with the power of wit, the winning upper hand and furtherance.Always Remember you can do anything you put your mind to, just try, try again.
Don’t get me wrong there are days where I get sidetracked and just wanna listen to the radio or put in my favorite Melanie Fiona or Michael Buble cd. At the end of the day I will allow myself these luxuries but for the rest of the time will always push myself to learn as much as I can.