There are those people who will get ahead in life and those who never will. It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between them.

Just walk around the modern workplace. You will see that there are some people who are constantly on social media, posting pointless statuses, fiddling with their phone or looking at random pictures.

Instead of using their free time at work for productive purposes, they just waste it. And for productive purposes I don’t mean finishing up another pointless work task, but instead working on their own skills, learning and trying to improve their knowledge and skills.

Guess to which one of the two categories the people above belong to.

You should not be like them. While the others are using their downtime to “entertain” themselves, you can use that time to learn.


Pick a skill you want to improve upon, or a subject you want to learn more about. Find some resources that you can use to do that and keep them handy. The internet today provides you with everything you will ever need to learn about anything and so you don’t need to go far in order to get the materials that you require for this.

After you have identified the skills and subjects you want to learn or improve upon and have found some resources which can help you with this, then set out a plan on how you will do this.

It doesn’t have to be some elaborate plan. Even a simple resolution that you will spend all your “free” time on productive things that will help you get ahead will suffice.

So which skills or knowledge should you focus on? For some people, this is easy to identify, for others it might be a bit more tricky.

The key here is to start working. You will find your way eventually. If you don’t know what path to take, experiment a bit. Don’t put things off, but instead take the first step.

This is the same way I proceeded when I was first starting off in the world of work. While other people were BSing around, I set out to work on improving my skills. I succeeded in quadrupling my salary and getting an interesting job pretty quickly. The ones who were fiddling around with their phones are still stuck at their dead-end jobs.

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If you want to see an example of how you can use your time to learn and get a better job, read this article:
How to quadruple your salary and get the job you want

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