Step 4: Improve Your Technical Skills

No matter how much you learn at work, your technical skills can always be improved further. Imagine this: You just got home from a long day at work. Now you need to go to the gym, make dinner, and finish your chores. When you’re finally done, you fall face first onto the couch, exhausted. Surely after all that, you’re entitled to playing games and relaxing for the rest of the night right?

No, no you’re not. Before you can declare freedom, you need to spend some time improving your networking knowledge and skills.

 

Set Micro Goals

 

Create a small and easily palatable goal to be completed on a regular interval. The duration and recurrence should be something that challenges your upper limits, but is also sustainable over a long period of time. Don’t attempt anything you won’t be able to maintain in the long run. The goal is not only to build your skills, but build a habit of learning regularly.

One example might be watching a CBT Nugget Video or doing a Packet Tracer/GNS3 Lab every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday after work with each session being a minimum of 30 minutes long. Ideally, learn something that will help you do your job better, or something that you anticipate you’ll need to know in your next job.

If you improve your skills like this, it will reflect in your work and contracting opportunities will follow.

 

What About Maintaining A Healthy Work/Life Balance?

 

Well, that’s just a state of mind really and what you believe you’re entitled to. The fact of the matter is that if you want to make six figures per year within your second or third year of working, you have to put in extra work. I have mentioned that how much you want to make and how fast you want to make it is dependent on how hard you’re willing to work. This (and all the other steps) is what I’m talking about.

 

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