It's coming to the end of January 2024, and looking over the stats, I can see over 30% of those who started out on their certification journey this year have quit already. By the end of 2024, they will be exactly where they are today or in a worse situation.
It's been this way since I started teaching online, but I still get a little bit depressed when I see it. It shouldn't bother me, but it does. I hear it's the same all over, though. College courses, personal development websites, and gyms. All see a big New Year surge of people wanting to achieve their goals and make this year their year, only to get all the cancellations and requests for refunds soon after.
Formula For Success
Success in your life is so simple it's crazy.
- You work out what you want
- The price you need to pay to get it
- Decide if you are willing to pay that price
- Pay the price
Business, relationships, health, wealth, intelligence, and so on. It reminds me of the 80s TV show I watched called Fame. The dance teacher has a class full of eager young dancers who want to be the next Broadway star, and she knows few of them will be left by the end of the course, so she tells them the price they must pay upfront.
The price they had to pay was sweat. Seemingly endless hours on in the study working on their form, technique and building their muscles and muscle memory so it all looks effortless.
For us it's nowhere near as hard, it's just two hours of study every day for around two months for most certifications. Over 99% of people aren't willing to do this. For those who are, it's just a matter of tweaking our strategy so we learn the best way for our brains. Labs, exams or books and videos or a combination.
The Cost of Quitting
Quitting is easy because it's zero effort and free. It does cost though. If I'd quit I'd:
- Still be in huge debt
- Stuck in the same town for life
- Be too broke for car and holidays
- Not able to spend quality time with my kids
- Not be travelling around the world currently
There would be a long list of things I lost out on as well as currently be suffering for.
All it took was a decision. It's the same for you.
For my Cisco CCNA I had to read a book every day for two hours as well as give up watching Friends on the couch with my housemates. It was very tempting to sit there with them laughing at the TV. Just like my dad who went out drinking every night for years. It was fun but in the long run he ended up broke, old and out of options.
The fear of missing out is what drove me. I don't know what will drive you, the feelings of success or the pain of regret but you need to work out your why. Without a strong enough why you won't have the motivation to do the work.