In recent years there has been a lot of interest in the “self.” Gone are the days when you could subsume yourself in family, friends and environment. If someone commits a crime, the judge and jury will spend months trying to understand the motivation behind the crime and how the accused feels and reacts to the entire process. Often, the way the “self” works determines the outcome.
With increased attention on the Self, there has also been many movements to improve oneself, the theory being that simply existing is a waste of the limitless potential inherent in the Self and it can be harnessed and honed at any point in their life. If you too are interested in self-improvement, here are some places where you can find opportunities.
Like it or not, schools and colleges are an important source of self-improvement. It may not always be in the way that the institutions themselves intended, but no one goes through a regulated educational institute without coming out wiser for it. Someone might attend a training course to become part of the BCM consultant Singapore but learn in the process that they prefer being an overseer instead. That marks self-awareness as well as improvement because staying in a job or a situation that you don’t like will not benefit anyone.
These are not technically educational institutes, but there are finishing schools in many countries often to teach young people Western style manners and customs, such as how to use a full dinner service or social etiquette at a cocktail party. Some of these courses even include personal grooming to teach young men and women how to power dress, how to use make-up, how to colour match and adhere to social dress codes.
Now and then, there are motivational speakers who hold conferences and speaking events designed to give you a confidence boost and direct you towards camps and counselling that can help you identify latent talents and then show how to hone them too. Depending on how expensive it is and how reliable the programmes seem to be, this is a good opportunity for self-improvement because it can help you build more competencies. For instance, if you are good with tools and you have a head for building, a multi skills scheme can teach you several competencies that can stand you in good stead in the future.
Thus, opportunities for self-improvement are all around you, if only you will listen and grab open the door.