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5 Ways To Invest In Yourself

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The investment business is worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year.  Organizations spend millions to get your money and hope you believe their investment strategy is the best.

We are inundated with magazines, 24-7 investment channels, and investment “experts” on every aspect of the market.  All of this is irritating because rarely does anyone honestly tell you the best investment decision you can make.

There is no doubt you can earn a decent return over time in a well diversified portfolio.  That’s no secret. My long term money is invested in the market.

However, the best investment no one talks about is investing in yourself.  Time and time again this is absolutely the best investment you can make in your life.

I’m not simply talking about taking more college courses or mandatory trainings from your employer.  I am referring to making a commitment to learn new skills, improve old ones, and changing with the times.

When you make the commitment to invest in yourself, the return on investment will begin to multiply exponentially over time – similar to compound interest.

“Success Doesn’t come to you, you go to it.” – Marie Colling

At First you may not notice the payoff from the investment, but there will be a time when your growth will sky rocket.

Investing in yourself can lead to promotions at work, starting new businesses (like myself), better health, improving relationships, and much more. It is really the investment that keeps on paying dividends.

Most people go to college then believe there is no reason to learn much more.  If you want to find success, you need to continue to grow.

There are three reasons why we stop learning: cost, time, and laziness.  Since I know the people reading this article aren’t lazy, the main reasons must be time and money.

Luckily we live in the best time ever to continue our education.  We have access to learning at our fingertips that our ancestors only dreamed of having.

Let’s discuss 5 ways to invest in yourself.

 

1. Podcasts

Most of us have a commute to work or a mundane activity we must do each week (i.e. clean the house, mow the grass, exercise, ect).  Instead of turning on Pandora Radio to the 90s mix, look into Podcasts.

Podcasts are the best way to hear inspiring stories, learn new skills, or brush up on your own industry.

Jump on iTunes or Sticher and you can find topics that cover everything from business to comedy.

 

2. Online Courses

Want to learn to code?  Improve your marketing skills? Start your own business?

You can do that today because there are courses at your fingertips for no charge.  YouTube is filled with great information.  If you only watched Ted Talks on YouTube you would dramatically change your life.

You can take real courses from the Khan Academy.  Even MIT has courses you can take for free.

If you don’t mind paying for something, then check out Udemy, Lynda.com, or Skillshare.  I learned how to place Facebook ads from Udemy and it was one of the best courses I ever took (and I have my MBA).

There are also a number of courses taught by people who specialize in a particular subject.  You can find some great courses on copy writing, marketing, starting a blog, and much more.

 “Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn

3. Library

Most people don’t read books because they don’t want to purchase them or don’t want to make the trek to the library.   According to Zig Ziglar, 58% of all people in our society, when they finish their formal education, never read another meaningful book.

Well, it’s not your grandfather’s library anymore.

You can rent books from the library and read them on your Kindle or iPad.  There is a large number of books that you can check out and have for two or three weeks.

You can also rent digital books and play them on your device of choice.

Do what most people don’t – read books and become an expert in a topic.

 

4. Join a Group

Maybe you’re an introvert (like myself) and want to meet more people.  Then join an organization.  I don’t care where you live, there are groups to join.

A few sites to check out are Meetup and LinkedIn.  You can find groups to join that have local meetings.

Just in my area you can join groups that discuss blogging, business, marketing, running clubs, and more.

Also, consider looking into Toastmasters International.  This is something on my list of things to do because it is a phenomenal club.  Learning to speak in front of groups is a skill that everyone could improve.

Invest in yourself
 

5. Go to a Seminar/Conference

A great way to learn more about your industry or break into a new industry is attend a seminar or conference. Not only will you learn a great deal, but you can also meet a number of new people.

If you don’t have the money to attend a conference, then try to be in the area when the conference will be held and attend meet ups. That way you can meet a lot of new people and start to foster more relationships in the industry.

 

If you pick one or two of these ideas, take action, and stay committed, your investment will pay off astronomically over time.

Travis Scott, most importantly, is a husband and father of four in Ohio. In 2011, after losing a child and spending nearly a decade as a financial advisor, he decided a change was needed. Since then he found a career he loves, sold an app business, and learned what was most important in life. He also started StuffParentsLike.com where he provides tools to lead a happier & richer life for parents and teaches how he makes over $1k a month selling on Amazon part-time. You can follow Travis on Twitter @StufParentsLike.

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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