I came across this phrase as I was scrolling through Twitter, “if you want to invest in something with minimum risk and a guaranteed big return, invest in yourself”
Investing in yourself is one of the best returns on investments you can have. I know that if you’re reading this, it’s because you are someone who cares. If you want to help others, first you need to help yourself.
Why is investing in yourself is so powerful and important?
Because it allows you to become the best version of yourself – spiritually, mentally, and financially. If you invest in yourself, great opportunities come to you and people are more likely to invest in you. It helps you to think and focus on what really matters to you which improve the quality of your life.
And the best thing? It doesn’t require much money! Here I’d like to share 6 amazing and simple ways to invest in yourself that can become your best investments.
According to a research, reading for just six minutes can reduce stress levels by 68%. Reading is an awesome way to build your knowledge and expertise in any area. Dr. Seuss said it best: “you can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”
Millionaires and successful businessmen always recommend reading books. Because books give you the power to explore new things and believe in yourself. When Elon Musk was asked how he has learned to build rockets. He simply replied, “I read books.”
Read books, Kindle, articles, white papers, or listen audio books – any format you like. Here are a few of my favorite books (in case you find these valuable):
- Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
- The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
I challenge you to take some time this month to read at least one of these books. It will be fun.
Do you write emails, text messages, reports, applications, or codes? If your answer is, ‘YES’, then you’re a writer.
Try to keep a journal and write 10-15 minutes daily. Writing is a therapy which will help you to remove stress from your mind. Let flow your emotions (happy, anger, stress, fear, etc) on a paper. It will help you to get away from the noise or in other words disturbance.
Writing impacts your daily life and gives you a clear idea of what you want. It will enhance your creativity, communication skills, and helps you to become a better thinker. Seth Godin said it best:
“There’s no more urgent reason to write. you’ll not only improve your communication, you’ll learn to think more clearly as well. The person who most benefits from your writing might be you.”
Write something today – a short story, poetry, or anything – and you’ll get wonderful returns.
3. Attend Seminars/Conferences
Attending Live events, seminars, or conferences provide learning, networking, and career opportunities. It will also give you an opportunity to meet experts and influencers (or someone you admire).
Just imagine yourself being in a room of like-minded people and having fun. Challenge yourself, get out of your desk and attend a conference.
4. Develop a New Skill
Remember when was the last time you learned something new? Learning is a lifetime process. There’s always room for new skills. Learn a new language, learn driving, take an advanced degree, take certifications, learn a new musical instrument, try cooking and more – all are valuable investments.
Learning new skills will help you to become a creative person. Are you ready to take action and start learning new skill this week?
5. To-do List
Do you have a to-do list? If you don’t have, make it today. Just sit back and write a list of things you want to do in your life (no matter how small or big these things are). But REMEMBER do not make it a simple wish list, instead live each of your wish.
Now analyze your list and divide it into 3 categories: Things you can do right now. Things which need time. Things which need additional skills.
Make sure you read this list daily just before sleeping and after waking up. It will give you a clear idea and a strong direction of how you use your time.
6. Be Happy and Grateful
Always be happy, be positive, and be grateful. Happiness is a choice. Focus on the positive aspects of life and look at all the reasons to be grateful. Take five to ten minutes each day and write three to five things (or persons) you’re thankful for. Train your mind to look for the positive in any situation.
As Shawn Achor explains in his TED talk, happiness inspires you to be more productive in your work.
Pawan Kumar is an Inbound Marketer and Content Creator at Sarv.com which provides Email Marketing and Cloud Telephony solutions. He’s a movie freak and storyteller who loves writing.
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