The best investment you can ever make is in yourself.
You may find this statement a little unusual since the only types of investments we’ve probably heard of are either a house, the stock market or a business. What does investing in yourself really mean? Is it to buy yourself expensive clothes and shoes? To buy yourself a new car?
Essentially, the message I’d like to send to you is this: Investing in yourself means adding value to you.
The skills and knowledge you possess are important and they are things that should be continually grown over time. This often means spending money on a course, a program, a mentor or a coach to help you get from where you are right now, to where you'd like to be.
Whether it’s about learning a new skill, getting into a hobby, hiring a business coach, meditating or engaging in self-development exercises, you are responsible for taking the time to improve yourself and develop your talents so you can make life better not just for yourself but also for the people around you.
But when you invest in yourself, your skills and experiences expand, which in turn boosts your confidence, inspiring you to achieve more.
There’s this famous quote by a motivational speaker named Jim Rohn that goes: You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. We are heavily influenced by the people closest to us—our families, close friends, colleagues, etc. They somehow have an effect on our way of thinking and on our decisions. So it’s ideal to surround yourself with successful, positive and supportive people who would want you to succeed.
It's great investing in programs where other students will provide high quality connections. These people will also contribute to raising your average. I can't tell you how beneficial my contacts have been for me while building my business. They have allowed me to meet a diverse range of people who I otherwise wouldn't have access to!
There are people—mentors, coaches, business partners, co-founders—who will challenge your to become a better version of yourself, and therefore raising your average and keeping it higher. If you notice that a person is reducing your average, then perhaps you need to diminish his/her role in your life. Sounds harsh but if you don’t, then your vision about success may suffer.
Your “people” don’t necessarily have to be Einstein or the Dalai Lama. They can be your coach, your team members, anyone who could help improve your performance. Allow these people to guide you, especially in your weak areas so you can work to improve these areas.
Just like in business, self-investment should demand returns. The goal is of course to grow your initial investment by ten-fold or a hundred-fold. Investing in yourself will open you up to different opportunities, and as you start to be a people magnet, you will become a happier, more successful version of yourself.
Are you investing in yourself? When was the last time you invested in your own growth and development as a person? I would love to hear your stories!
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