In personal training, continuing education is a standard thing for keeping up with research and industry news. That’s great for the technical side of what we do, but it rarely ever includes continuing education in business or financial education. Sadly, many times, that is left to us to do on our own. S.P.A.R.T.A. has some solutions to this and is always working on more. Below, we’ve included some resources that should help you in your business and financial education so that you can prosper in your personal training business as well as personally.
The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach is my favorite personal finance book of all time. It’s my financial adviser’s favorite book too. That’s what made me know we were of the same mind and to work with him. This book is the epitome of practical, put in place today strategies that can pay off big time for you in the long run. Like David says in the book, “It’s not how much you make, but how much you save.”
The E-Myth is a must read for any business owner. Gerber tackles many of the misconceptions surrounding starting and owning a business. Most importantly, he reinforces the concept that you should be working on your business, not necessarily in your business.
The Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki may sound a little boring and confusing from the outside, but I assure you it is one of the books that has really helped and given me perspective in my own financial education. He’ll take your through the quadrant and show you the drawbacks to staying on the left side of the quadrant and how you can move ultimately to the right side. If you ever hope to achieve financial freedom, understanding these principles is a must. Traditionally, only the rich tend to think this way and apply it to their lives. You’ll have to virtually change your mindset to move into the most productive places in the quadrant.
At some point (sooner rather than later), be sure to pick up a copy of these books and give them a read. Nearly every successful business owner I know has read them as part of their own business and financial education. Many of these principles and concepts don’t come naturally. What’s worse, is that we may have been conditioned our whole lives to thinking and acting in ways that are inhibitory to our personal success. Continuing to educate, and re-educate ourselves is vital if we wish to become prosperous.
Within our organization, you can remain certified if you’re a member and participate in our business of personal training membership area.