The Road to Success is Always Under Construction

There is a saying that I had painted on a coffee mug:

The road to success is always under construction.

I used this mug during the end of high school and the five years I spent at university, which is appropriate, considering that education is often considered to be key to success. Granted that achieving success depends heavily on how you define success itself, but in almost every sense, education, formal or otherwise, will play a key role.

The reason this came to mind now is that I’ve recently been looking to expand my educational background, and have been hard put to decide what continuing education I want to pursue. I’ve been out of university for almost 4 years now, and have had limited formal education in the meantime.

However, those who will succeed will always be learning:

Who is wise? One who learns from every person.

Over the last four years, while I have not been learning in the classroom, I have been exposed to learning opportunities elsewhere – at home, online, at the office. I have tried to further my knowledge at every turn.

If you, like me, are looking to succeed, then you need to continue to learn every day. You need to somehow further your knowledge and understanding on a regular basis. This might mean taking a course, but it could also mean reading the newspaper every day (and not just the comics). You could read a selection of blog articles.

Personally, I’ve delayed making the decision to go back to school yet again. However, in the interim, I’m working to build a solid foundation for various concepts I’ve been exposed to, but never formally taught. Small and medium-sized businesses are comprised of a few functions, and I’ve taken it upon myself to learn the fundamentals of each section:

  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Sales
  • Inventory Management
  • Bookkeeping and Accounting
  • Legalities
  • Hiring and Payroll
  • Banking and Loans
  • Project Management
  • Product Research and Development

Naturally, this list is far from complete, and not everything in this list applies to every business. At the same time, I have a basic understanding of many of these concepts already. However, the aim is to increase that understanding by self-study, reading a selection of books on these topics, talking to people, and reading articles online.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be collating some of the readings that I’m doing in a resource section on this site. If you have some suggestions for other subjects that may be relevant, I would love to hear them.