Almost everyone wants to improve themselves, be it academically, physically, or financially. And generally, the “obvious” first step to improving one’s self in those areas would be: A college degree; A gym membership; A job.
Let’s say we have two people that want to be world class runners, person A decides to first save up to buy the best running gear money can buy, many books about running, anatomy, etc. They feel that this is a needed step before starting to run.
Person B decided to just start running barefoot.
It takes person A 2 years to save up for the shoes and read all the books, in the meantime person B has 2 years of real life training.
Person A has a clear advantage of owning good gear and knowing about anatomy, but person B has 2 full years of training and even race wins under their belt, they learned about anatomy and technique by actually doing it. They could have also bought more gear, but they would have been wasting their time on something that wasn’t a goal, their goal was to be a runner, saving up for the best shoes and studying was not directly part of that goal.
Does this make person A more qualified to run than person B?
You cannot become a world class cyclist just by buying an expensive bike, heck, just buying an expensive bike won’t even mean you are any faster than the 15-year-old at the end of your street that rides his shitty BMX every day.
Owning a bike only gives you the possibility of riding it, the difference between us and Tour de France riders is the goals they set and sweat that goes into the riding.
Investing in yourself is only a tool, it is a vehicle that simply gives you the possibility to do something, but you still have to do it.
Getting a Master’s in Business makes you a businessman just as much as buying a car makes you a NASCAR driver. It’s a good step in the right direction, but if you want to be different from everybody else with a car, you need to push much harder.
I see this happen a lot with internet courses, people spend thousands of dollars on content and the majority don’t do anything about it. It’s not about the course, it’s about you.