No, I’m not talking about property, stocks, bonds and funds. I’m not even referring to insurance, wine or Rolex watches. Sit for a minute, and ask yourself: What is the best type of investment, ever?
The answer is quite simple: You.
That’s right, you’re the best investment you can ever make and here’s why.
You control all your other investments.
When you invest in yourself, you learn and grow. You learn about all the other types of investments you can make, and you will gain enough knowledge to be able to independently decide which options are the best for you at any specific point in time. Because you know how to play the game, you put yourself in a good position. Simply put, you know your stuff. And when you know your stuff, you don’t take BS and less people will play around with you.
Although some money will have to be spent, there are many ways you can also invest in yourself without doing so. Here’re 5 ways you can invest in yourself:
1. Educate yourself – and never stop doing it.
Read books/articles/blogs, watch video tutorials, talk with people. Learn from the people you meet who are knowledgeable in their field. Be humble and remember that you don’t know everything. Even if you don’t agree with what others are telling you, listen. Unlearn to learn. All these help you to gain additional perspectives, which help a lot when making any decision based on anything.
2. Invest in your health.
Your health is the one most important thing in the world. Lose it, and you lose everything else. Go for a jog, hit the gym, play some team sports or badminton, go for a swim… Whatever it is, just make sure you move. Eat healthy, get enough sleep. Take supplements if you need them. Don’t forget your daily dose of vitamin C. If you need to start somewhere, take a look at my workout playlist.
3. Get some proper clothes.
Dress the way you want to be seen. I don’t mean spending a bomb on high-end luxury, branded clothes and accessories. I mean investing in quality clothes with good cutting and style, and that will last a long time and make an impression. Blazers, a work suit, pencil dresses… Whatever works for you. Why would you dress like a slob when slobs repel people? Also, not everyone is a Silicon Valley tech guy.
4. Take note of your personal hygiene.
This shouldn’t have to be said, but here it is. Bathe daily, wash your hair often, shave your beard, have a haircut every few weeks, brush your teeth, lay off the overpowering fragrance. Your personal hygiene speaks volumes about who you are as a person, and if you don’t even have the discipline to take care of your appearance for yourself, then why would anyone else invest their time and energy in you?
5. Give back when you can.
I am a firm believer in the circle of giving and taking. When you have gained something, always give back in whatever ways you can. When you give, you go back to the fundamentals of what it means to be you. You gain a better understanding of yourself and what you believe in, and this in turn helps to motivate you to further fight for your goals, ground you and realign you with your purpose.
I hope today’s blog entry helps! I’m always looking to grow as a person and learn as much as I can. While I won’t currently (or in the near future, because family beckons) be expanding my pursuits further than real estate and e-commerce in the style industry, I do wish to develop my skills and knowledge more in these fields so that I can add more value to the people around me.