I am a firm believer in doing things for myself now, which will make me a better person in the future—some of these actions can be small and others a bit more grand in scale. Just like a financial investment, it may take some time to achieve the end goal, but it is important to start. I know it can be easy to focus on the tangibles, like a new haircut or killer outfit, but these self investments go beyond the physical.
“An investment is a monetary asset purchased with the idea that the asset will provide income in the future or will be sold at a higher price for a profit.”
Take the time to enrich yourself and grow as a person! It is so extremely important to focus on your own personal goals and self-betterment. If you don’t invest in you, who will? This requires you to put yourself first, which is an acquired skill, but be adamant about focusing on doing great things now and reaping the benefits later.
Below are some wonderful way to invest in you:
Take a class: This could be anything: learn how to sew, type 60WPM, or use XYZ computer program. One of the best things I did for myself was to enroll in an advanced computer class. The training taught me all the secrets to using Microsoft Office—Excel, Word, Powerpoint, etc. I am now an Excel wizard and I can do things with a spreadsheet you wouldn’t even begin to fathom! This made me a better student and a better employee. Thanks to the web, many classes can be found online.
Read an interesting book: Okay, I am not talking Fifty Shades of Gray here, people! Perhaps something that challenges your mind…a biography, a memoir, a classic. I have read some great books and what they all have in common: they taught me something new. This could be on an emotional, philosophical, or intellectual level. These little gems are free too, all you need is a library card.
Learn a new hobby or skill: Expand your mind and teach it do something it has never done. Learn a new language, teach yourself photography, or become an expert organizer. The options are vast! Learning photography was such a thrill for me, with some time and patience it has developed into something I am very proud of. The long and the short: the brain is a muscle, flex that old bird!
Go after that degree: Education is a great way to get to where you want to go! Skills and concepts learned through schooling are extremely valuable —not to mention a degree will help you in your career or trade. Extending knowledge is something not everyone has the privilege to do, remember that. If you can go after that goal, whether it be an undergraduate or graduate degree, there is no time like the present.
Start a 401K and/or a Roth IRA: Yes, literally invest in yourself and your future! At the request of my father eight years ago, I opened a 401K. It is matched by my employer, and should have been a no-brainer. I now have close to 75% of my annual income in my account thanks to a diversified portfolio. My future retirement looks pretty bright!
Tell me a way you have invested in yourself!