Open-access content Thursday 15th August 2013 — updated 3.30pm, Tuesday 26th May 2020
Have you ever experienced a situation wherein you've decided to take steps to improve your lot in life? Linda Hausmanis on qualifications.
15 August 2013
Maybe you've undertaken a professional qualification, only to be told by those around you - work colleagues, family, friends - that your dreams are not realistic?
They question why you would want to attempt a qualification. After all, what value does a qualification have? They may say, 'who do you think you are?' They may mutter that you're setting yourself up to fail.
Well, who's right? Are you in the right for wanting to develop, to progress your career, to enhance your career prospects and your earning potential? Or are they right? Are you deluding yourself that you can achieve a position well above your capability? What possible reason could they have for not wanting you to be the best you can be? I will leave you to ponder that!
According to a research paper published by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills, Review of the Economic Benefits of Training & Qualifications February 2013, "There continues to be positive employment and earnings returns for the vast majority of qualifications gained in adulthood".
Ask yourself the question: did anyone ever say to Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy, Lord Sugar, Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, Sir Richard Branson, Andy Murray OBE and many, many more that they were reaching for the impossible? That their dreams were just that - dreams and therefore could never be a reality? Of course. But they had enough self-belief to truly believe and to do whatever it took - and indeed still takes - to dismiss those negative murmurings, to equip themselves to be the best they can be in whatever path they have chosen.
It is easy to think of great British sports people to inspire us to be the best we can be. So who inspires you? Who do you aspire to be like? Is it your line manager? Is it your chief executive? Is it a member of your family? Or is it the current or past BIFM Facilities Manager of the Year. A lot of questions - but only you have the key to the answer, and that's you.
Love your family and friends, but don't stop listening to your own inner voice and don't stop dreaming, just start believing and start taking control of your own destiny and be the best you can possibly be - surely you are worth it.
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