Always take advantage of furthering your education—formal or otherwise. Several years ago, my former manager, Fran, suggested that I get certified in Emergenetics. I know this may be hard for you to believe but I told her that I did not want to. I told her that I was too busy. She did not press the issue.
Several months later she came into my office and suggested it again. And again, I said no. However, this time, in her logical and well-thought out manner, Fran said, “Kelvin, this is an opportunity for you to add another tool to your toolbox. Whenever you get such an opportunity (especially if your company is going to pay for it), you should take it.” As a result, I have been off and running ever since.
No one can deny that we are living in uncertain economic times. Whenever the opportunity presents itself for you to further your education, add more tools to your toolbox, or whatever, take advantage of it. You never know when you may need them.