Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Invest In Yourself!
I do my best to watch, listen to, or read something positive each morning. Sometimes throughout the day when taking a break in between writing my blogs and catching up with everyone back home there’s Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, Bob Proctor or some other motivational speaker running in the background, the energy and wisdom gained from these speakers is phenomenal. Investing in yourself doesn’t mean simply taking care of your physical appearances, it also means filling yourself with knowledge, and experiences. Over the years I’ve done both. Reading anything I can get my hands, on from Napoleon Hill, to Viktor Frankl and Warren Buffet. My experiences are an even a wider contrast……From sunning on the beach home in The Bahamas, to taking a road trip to the Netherlands, to trekking the Ochils (pr. Oak-hills) of Scotland. My grandmother once told me, “what you put in your head, no one can steal from you.” You can say I took that to heart, as I’ve spent my life on the path of education and adventure.
Many wouldn’t invest a few dollars to buy a self-help book, or if they got it for free, invest the time to read it and try to comprehend the lessons in it. I don’t believe enough people are spending time listening to or watching empowering programmes on a daily basis. Nor are they looking for experiences outside their comfort zones.
“You don’t get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.”
INVEST IN YOURSELF by cultivating and creating a habit of expanding your existence is the simplest way to express gratitude for the beautiful life you’ve been blessed with! However, what you must also understand is, that it’s not the money or time you spend in exposing yourself to different experiences, watching and listening to motivational videos or buying and reading books that’s most critical. Often, these are mistakenly considered as unaffordable expenses. But these are valuable investments in your personal and professional development, and what matters most in any investment decision is not how much money or time you’re investing, but what your return on investment is. Gain knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of how the world around work and how you can make your life a more happy and productive one.
Some hints on how you can begin….
- Advance your education – Extra classes, advanced degrees, relevant certifications, are all valuable investments. Take classes, either in person or online.
- Utilize available training – Enroll in workshops, attend conferences or participate in webinars.
- Expand your knowledge – There’s lots of information available on nearly any subject imaginable. Read books, articles, anything related to the talent or skill you want to work on. Keep current – stay abreast of the latest trends or advancements. Subscribe to publications, blogs of interest, and follow on twitter or any of the social media sites.
The advice Jim Rohn got from his mentor, Earl Shoaff, is still so relevant- “Work on your job and you earn a living; work on yourself and you earn a fortune. Work on yourself more than you work on your job.” So, keep working on yourself.
©Ette D Richards