Whether you’re wondering if you should persist in you French learning journey or thinking about learning something else altogether, here are a few facts to explain why investing in yourself and your education wisely is the best investment you can make.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.Benjamin Franklin
What does investing in yourself and education mean?
- Invest in YOUR education
- But also invest in EDUCATORS
- PAY IT FORWARD. Increase the overall education level to promote a more positive and fair system.
Investing in your education: a virtuous circle
- Acquire new knowledge through formal education and informal learning (through experimenting and looking for new perspectives).
- Develop your skills as an autonomous learner to become more proactive in all the areas of your life. Increase self-understanding and gain confidence.
- While investing in yourself, you’re also inspiring others around you, especially your kids if you have any. You’re also sharing what you’ve learned with your family, friends, team, etc.
Reward your educators
Who are they?
- They’re often fueled by their passion to help others
- They want to make a better world
- Educators spend countless hours honing their skills, preparing lessons and material to become more efficient and make an impact
- They care about their learners and only want the best for them, sometimes at the expense of their own interests
What you can do for them
- Encourage teachers, coaches, instructors of all kinds who are helping you grow.
- Acknowledge their efforts when they engage in positive education practices.
- Do not bargain for a cheaper price if, in all honesty, you can afford what they’re asking for. Bargaining undermines the value of their work and also you own level of commitment.
- Share their work with your friends.
- Vote for governments who focus on increasing the budget for education and encourage a more inclusive approach.
An overworked stressed-out educator is not a good thing for anyone, especially not the learner.
Pay it forward: global solidarity
As a consequence of working on your personal development and supporting the people helping you, you’re creating a positive environment.
You’re participating indirectly in making the world a better place. On top of their job, teachers and educators often volunteer their time to help non-profits in the community or internationally. As a result of your investment, they help people who couldn’t otherwise access or afford their services.
For example, through the NeuroHeart Foundation launching on February 14, 2021, Neurolanguage coaches are supporting a global movement to promote more positive education practices.
Many coaches will dedicate time and resources to make our knowledge available everywhere. Learning languages opens up new perspectives both in terms of mindset and economic opportunities. It shouldn’t be reserved to a minority.
Investing in education really makes a difference
Why I believe we should shift our paradigms away from paying for time and/or expertise
You can often hear or read such things like “I’ve studied for 10 years to get to where I’m at today, you’re not paying me for the time we spend together, rather for my expertise”.
I disagree with the message behind this statement. However it also states something very true: due to what I’ve studied, what I’ve experienced and what I’ve learned, I’m much more efficient today than I was years ago.
Therefore I can help you better, faster.
Constantly training to improve one’s skills takes time, effort and money.
- When I invest in myself, my coachees will beneficiate from it directly.
- When you invest in your learning journey, you’re investing in yourself and those around you
So what are you really paying for? What’s your return on investment from education?
You should invest depending on the value you’re getting from it, not because your instructor is an expert.
This is why I disagree with the argument of paying for expertise. In reality, you’re not paying for the expertise, you’re paying for what you get from the exchange.
What will you be able to achieve that you couldn’t have done on your own? Or that would’ve taken years and not months without the help of the expert?
Moreover, someone could be an expert but not the “right” expert for you. Perceived value varies with each individual.
What makes the success of the process is the team formed by the expert and the coachee or learner.
If you have a goal and you know this person can help you reach it without wasting time and effort, how much is that worth to you?
The bigger picture: Participate in a fairer system
A simplistic reading of the quote about paying for expertise makes us believe that the amount of education and degrees you earned defines your worth.
Coincidentally (of course not), many of these professions are linked to the “care” sector (caring for our health, education, well-being, safety, cleaning, physiological needs like eating…).
Although caring is at the heart of our human nature, we constantly devaluate it.
This is the base of the system we live in but I believe it is wrong. We’ve seen that during the pandemic.
Many “essential workers” are people who didn’t study for a long time. If they’re essential, why don’t we treat them with respect?
Is their work worth less? Is their expertise less useful than mine? I don’t think so. It’s just a different kind of expertise.
We know that a stressed brain or a tired brain doesn’t learn. It’s a fact that we need food and health as much as we need education. We need all 3 more than we need a new TV or a vacation across the globe every year.
So how can we change that?
- Invest in what truly matters, starting with yourself.
- Let the effects our compounded individual decisions create an impact.
- Let’s start a virtuous circle.
Are you ready to invest in yourself to become able to express what you deeply believe in, in French?
Contact me to assess your current capabilities and talk about what motivates you deeply.
If you’re afraid your level is too low, rest assured we’ll take it step by step. By building your self-confidence along your language skills, you’ll be amazed to find out what you can say even with a simple French and shaky grammar!
For some inspiration and French listening practice: check out Rachel Paling’s interview about what is Neurolanguage coaching, the NeuroHeart Conference and the NeuroHeart Foundation.