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Achieving Self Improvementfrom: Jim Holden - Staff Writer
The kind of competitive environment we live in today calls for a little something extra from all of us. Simply having a college degree does not seem to be as important as before, anymore, as most workplaces look for hirees and candidates that have an additional skill or interest before they take them under their wings.
Whether it's a proficiency in a particular software or a fluency in more than one language, employers are now obviously more impressed with someone with longer credentials.
Self improvement, however, does not just mean being equipping one's self with additional office-related skills. It can also entail learning another hobby, like knitting, candle-making, or carpentry, or participating in a new group, like Greenpeace, a dance troupe, or a drama class. Whatever it is, it's goal is to help you achieve or learn something greater than what you already know and have.
Everyone would want to improve themselves. There isn't anybody in this world who would refuse an opportunity to be better at something, given man's nature of being always dissatisfied with his or her personal circumstances. Someone somewhere in the world would definitely like to have a better life, dream of getting a new car, fantasize about learning how to swim or do water ballet and imagine being able to multiply three digit numbers in less than 10 seconds.
In addition, self improvement is also a quest to get recognized and appreciated more. People are often dissatisfied with themselves and what they have because they feel envious of other people's fortune. They seek to improve themselves because they want to be at the spotlight even for just a short time, or, if they don't like that much attention, at least have somebody pat them on the back and tell them they have done a good job.
It is a way to reassure oneself that his or her capacity to learn is not limited and that he or she has the ability to advance and grow if only he or she puts his or her mind and heart into the undertaking.
Self improvement is not about beating everyone else in the game of life. It means being happy and satisfied with one's self. It means that life actually has a lot more to offer all of us than what we are currently enjoying – and that we have the ability to achieve this if we work at it.