I always sing the praises of investing in yourself. I will promote this idea until I no longer have an outlet to do so. Then I’ll try to create a new outlet. Whenever a buddy asks me how they should spend a few hundreds dollars or a few thousand, I suggest that they invest it in themselves, to increase their value and income in the long run.
I wanted to write about this publicly so that you guys hold me accountable. I need to hold myself accountable for investing in myself. It’s easy to write about it. It’s also just as easy to get forgetful and not actually invest in myself.
It’s easy to get on your soap box and preach to others about what they should be doing. We all know that we should be building our savings and increasing our incomes. Nobody goes out of their way to be a failure or to maintain a stagnant income. We all want better. It’s just a matter of taking steps in the right direction.
How will I be investing in myself in 2013?
More courses to increase income/knowledge.
I won’t be obtaining any more formal education through an expensive institution, but I will still be taking courses to increase my knowledge. For example, next month I’m taking a kettlebell instructor certification course. It’s going to be $400 for the whole weekend and I’m going to come out with the ability to be a trainer in this field (hopefully). More exciting than the potential income is the idea of learning the proper technique so that I could pass this knowledge on to my friends and anyone that asks me for help.
I plan on taking other courses as well. Perhaps an online course. Nothing is for sure yet aside from the aforementioned course.
Meet as many interesting folks as possible.
I love going for coffee or drinks with someone that has done something cool. It’s an exciting opportunity to open your mind up and see what others have been able to accomplish. Too often are we timid about meeting new folks. We shouldn’t be. You never know how that new friend can be helpful. And vice versa. You might be able to assist others with something that they have been working on. You won’t know until you give it a try.
I attended a bunch of conferences and events. I went out of my way to attend conferences related to myself because these are an excellent chance to pick brains and boost your development to the next level. Why wait? Progress doesn’t have to be a slow process. You can learn a ton of information from the brilliant minds out there by just showing up in person. If you spend thousands of dollars on college, you shouldn’t be afraid of spending a little more to meet cool folks.
I didn’t pursue any formal education in 2012 and 2013 looks to be the same. I finished my studies at the end of 2010 and have been enjoying life post-college. I’ve been reading tons, meeting new folks, and learning through experience. I might be done with formal education for now, unless I find a program that really entices me.
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I want to see you guys invest in yourselves. What’s your plan? Please share it with us.
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