Its almost certain that at one point you have heard someone mention that you have to invest money in your 401k, IRA, etc, but how many people have told you to invest in yourself first? Investing in knowledge is one thing that most people do not do enough of, as it is information that will make the difference in how our futures unfold. Have you ever wondered why certain groups of people are more successful than others? They simply invest more in themselves than the average person. Did you know that according to a Nielsen report in 2009 that the average American at that time watched more than 151 hours of television a month? Lets think about this for a moment, if the average person worked a 40 hour work week that would mean they watched as almost television as they did working. What would happen if you took just half of that time and decided to invest in yourself?
How Do You Invest in Yourself?
Investing in yourself is not about buying the latest gadgets and toys, but about acquiring information and tools that will help you reach your goals in life. What was the last book you read? Was it a fictional book or was it full of information that could help you reach a set of goals in life? I rarely read any fiction books because of how I choose to spend the time that I do have. I personally enjoy reading biographies and books on personal development. Through reading biographies I can learn from the years of experience from anyone throughout history. This is priceless information that is readily accessible to anyone who desires. As for personal development its about looking for ways to achieve my goals faster and more efficiently than I could if I tried to figure it out on my own. What you will discover is that someone in all probability will have already done what you are trying to achieve. Ask yourself a simple question, which is easier? “Follow what someone has already done who is successful or do it yourself making your own set of mistakes?” Personally if someone has already figured out how to do it, I will model after them as it is more efficient. Reading books is just one simple way to invest in yourself, as there are countless other ways which I will discuss in a future post. The most important thing is that you take the time to begin to invest in yourself.
What Happens if You Don’t Invest in Yourself?
Einstein said it best “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing you always have done expecting a different result!” One of the greatest challenges when you look at society as a whole is the number of people who are looking for the quick path to success, or the latest get rich idea that comes their way. The reality is that the only tried and true way to get to success is to take the time to invest in yourself and work hard. The more you invest in yourself the greater the return you will experience. Investing in yourself can me the difference between getting a promotion or being passed over for one, or being selected for a contract or having it go to someone else. Investing in yourself will absolutely be one of the most important things you can do for yourself this year, ask yourself a simple question. Are you ready to begin to invest in yourself today?