No, you don’t need that

I was recently asked what commonly accepted business wisdom I though it was time to do away with. My answer? That you need to study a discipline or have a certification/degree in order to do something (that doesn’t require it). That may fly in the face of all the wisdom you’ve read that certifications and degrees matter. I think they do. And if becoming a certified (fill in the blank) will advance your skill set, or give you more credibility in your field, then get it.

But don’t wait for formal classes or a program to make it happen. If you want to be or do, then start.  For example, I have no formal journalism or writing background, yet hung up a shingle as a writer, marketer and public relations person. I combined my skills and experience in business with my talent for putting words together, and made my career happen.

This doesn’t mean you don’t improve your skills all the time, or seek advice from mentors. Becoming better in your profession means constantly learning new skills, whatever field.

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