Back in lesson #2, it was mentioned how important what you put into your brain was to your success in overcoming imposter syndrome. This is directly related to investing in yourself, no matter the cost.
Nils explains why this should be done, no matter the cost.
He shares that the amount he invested in himself in the first 10 years of his professional career was negligible. And as a result, he stayed at an individual contributor level for that entire period and simply bounced from one job to the next trying desperately to find where he fits in the professional world.
The first major investment he made in himself was getting an MBA in management and organizational behavior. At the time, he was working at a startup and not earning much. And he and his wife had just had their first child. So the money to pay for grad school did not exist.
But Nils knew that the investment would be paid back many times over in the future, so he took out loans. Little did he know that this investment was the "real" start to his career. By putting into his brain all of the amazing tools, techniques, and lessons that he learned, he was able to overcome feelings of imposter syndrome.
After grad school, as he was working for a year or two, he felt another urge to really push himself again. There was so much more that he wanted to learn to help grow his career. So he decided to become a certified leadership coach.
He found the coaching program and signed up for it. At the time, money was tight. But it didn't stop him. He found a way. He didn't have the money but he signed up anyway. He got the training, filled his brain with incredible tools, and transformed his life.
When he ended the program, he started coaching clients and was able to pay back the investment with coaching income in not too much time. He also got promoted while he was in the program which helped him repay the investment.
The key here is to take the risk first. Nobody can tell you what you can and can not learn. And constantly feed your brain the right things through investing in yourself no matter the cost, whether or not you have the money. Because whenever you get a result, the imposter syndrome voice would be less and less.