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Invest in Yourself

Invest in Yourself

Invest in yourself is a phrase not many people throw around. I’m always being told to invest in the stock market, real estate, or even start-up businesses. The thing is an investment is more than just putting money into something. It’s about taking the time to understand the whys, and how things came to be, educating yourself on it, and looking to say how you can improve or what you should do differently. 

However, all of those things are what we need to be doing with ourselves. So why are we not? When you invest in yourself you are giving yourself the opportunity to grow and become the person you want to be. The internet says that the meaning of investing in yourself is:

“Investing in yourself means putting in the time, money, and energy into improving your current and future life. Instead of focusing on things that will not increase your wealth in the long term, look for ways to expand your knowledge and make your life better.” – Wealth Tender

As much as I agree with that, I also think there is more to it. When I think of taking the time to invest in myself I break it down into three categories. 

Money

When it comes to money I find that a lot of people (including me) are afraid to spend money on themselves. For me when I do spend money on myself I feel guilty. Did I have to buy new clothes? Why did I go to a salon to get my nails done? However, the money I spend on myself makes me feel more elevated and more put together. Most importantly I deserve them. 

However, when it comes to spending money on yourself, it’s never a waste. You’re investing in your appearance and how you feel. And by no means am I saying that looks are all that matters. However, I am one of those people who when I look good often feel good. I know more often than not before I even speak I get judged based on my appearance; especially in my professional career. 

So I challenge you to take a few minutes to ask yourself a few questions. Where do you want to go in your career? How does that person look? What are things you say the person who has it all together does? How do they dress? Where do they shop? How do they carry/present themselves? Are they regular at the nail salon? Spa? Barber? Spin class? 

Now it may make sense why they say dress for the job you want, not the job you have. 

Knowledge –

Knowledge is power. No one knows everything, however, a lot of people want to learn as much as they can. Expanding your knowledge not only helps you become smarter but also opens up more opportunities for you. Learning is something that can happen at any age and at any time. When it comes to knowledge with investing in yourself I recommend looking at the opportunities to help you both in the professional part of your life as well as your personal life. 

Think about your future. What things do you not know about the professional side of your life? Do you understand the company’s values? Where it wants to go? How it is run and why it is run that way? Do you know how to run the company? Think about your personal life as well. Do you know how to invest your money? Do you know how to file your taxes or why you owe the amount you owe? 

As I said earlier it is impossible to know everything. This is why as much as I think expanding your knowledge is important it is also important to know and acknowledge what you do not know. As general Eisenhower said, “the greatest leaders are smart enough to have people smarter than them around them.”  Test why we have doctors, financial advisors, CEO, and so many more. 

Skill Set – 

We all have our own unique set of skills. Some of us are good at sports, some are good at math, and some are good at art. There are so many life skills that we can learn about to help us invest in our life. I think about how I learned ASL in high school and to this day it is still a skill I value and always comes in handy. 

Skills are a great way to invest in yourself not just because they can add character, help you get ahead, and create new opportunities. They also can help you discover new hobbies and passions. Not everyone plays basketball in the NBA but a lot of people still play in pick-up leagues or even games with their friends. 

Are there skills in your personal life you wish you knew? Maybe you want to learn how to change a tire? Can you jump start a car? Learn how to golf? Of course, you can also relate this to work. Is there a program you should learn? Do you know all the shortcuts on your laptop? 

I say it all the time consider this your sign to take a step back and ask yourself how can you invest in yourself. It’s not selfish or something that you should be afraid of. Think of it as you wanting to create a better life for yourself now as well as in the future. Tell your friends, and ask your family how are they investing in themselves. I know you can become even better the person you want to be. All you have to do is take the time to invest in yourself.

 

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