“Investments that can rise and fall may make some dreams come true; but for the greatest gain of all, the safest bet is you.” ~ John Peitzman (JP)
Most of us search externally for that ‘perfect investment’ to increase our prosperity, not realizing the best investment we can make is in ourselves.
In the investment world, we talk about “Return on Investment” (ROI) and many of us are always seeking out that next great deal. A new property? Some gold? Maybe bitcoin and cryptocurrency is the next ‘big thing’ that we can benefit from if we get in now!
Whether any of these investments are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ is not the point. The point is to ensure you are looking at and truly understanding the expediential ROI of actually investing in yourself – before you go down a path that may end up with no material gain whatsoever and, more tragically, with you exactly where you were when you started; having wasted yet another opportunity for genuine learning and development.
When you invest in yourself, you immediately invest in a much deeper and fulfilling ROI far surpassing other material investments. When you invest in yourself, you invest in a future and in being a better you.
Never forget that you have the accountability and ownership of your own progress. If you feel you need to learn a new skill – go learn it. If you need to understand more effective habits and practices – find someone qualified to teach you. If you need to get in better shape – get a trainer or join a gym. If your mind is not as still and calm as you would like it to be – seek out a meditation class.
There are countless ways for you to invest in yourself and in doing so as a priority, you will experience the joy of continuous improvement. This is the most important ROI of all… how you feel each day and how you can increase the joy in your life and then spread that joy to those around you.
And here’s the cool part – once you increase your skill in any particular area, no one can take this away from you. The markets can go up and down – and you will only continue to rise in yourself and your capacity to continue to improve into an even better you.
Moreover, once you turn the knowledge you have gained into wisdom you have applied – that wisdom is yours to positively impact your life for the rest of your life.
So go invest in whatever you want, but don’t do it at the expense of investing in yourself.
When you ensure you set as a priority a focus on investing in yourself before you look externally for some potential gain, the internal gain you will realize will exponentially surpass any other investments and, in fact, will in all likelihood help you to make even better decisions when seeking additional, external, ROI opportunities.