Things change a lot over time, so while you can plan ahead you can never know what external forces will shift the business. It is good to keep educated on many fronts so even if you are not on the crest you at least won’t miss the wave. So imagine if you were a manufacturer of riding tack and horse drawn carriages when the first motorized vehicles came out. Or if you had plunged a lot of money into a huge service to provide exercise videos for VCRs?
So I would say keep up on the news including business and technology, as well as science and health care, and even global politics.
Someone once said (I think it was a speaker at an IDEA convention years ago) “Dig deep, not wide”. I think that is really good advice today. Every training you take now strives to monitize itself by not just charging for the training, but by making you pay again and again for licensure and clothes and music and yearly certification fees. I would say pick one or two main things and really master them, and concentrate your training in those areas. When you choose to add something make sure it is something you understand, love to do, and which has proved not to be a flash in the pan, that is, the latest ‘thing’.
There are certainly things I would have done differently if I had had foreknowledge. But struggling through, having to make choices, learning not to destroyed with regrets, trying and getting lost, and trying again…. all of that is what makes us human, makes us who we are. It might make life easier, but would not make it richer.
I blogged a while back on some thoughts I had for people thinking of becoming yoga teachers (http://blog.ideafit.com/blogs/ariadne-greenberg/a-few-thoughts-both-pers… ) so this is certainly something I’ve thought a bit about. But then, I think of yoga as my calling, rather than my career. I think if you feel stuck you need to stop and ask yourself why you feel that way, and what you would wish to do, and what may be practical ways to make that happen. Just thinking “I want to be an NFL star” is not going to make that happen. So set goals that are in line with your heart and your conscience as well as with your talents and your economic possibilities.