January 31, 2013, 6:00 am

How Are You Investing in Yourself?

by: MD    Category: Alternative Income
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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.

How do I plan on investing in myself in 2013?

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.

What did I do in 2012?

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.

How can you take some risks with your money?

Have you been thinking about where to put your money? Let’s look at a few quick and easy tips.

  • Buy a book you’ve been dying to read. I hate when friends complain about the price tag of a book. The $20 investment comes with life lessons from someone that has done what you’re dying to do. All you have to do is spend a few bucks to pick up those experiences. I can’t even recall how many times a book changed my life or how I see things.
  • Take a successful buddy out for lunch. We all need to eat. We all love talking about ourselves. Why not take a successful person out for lunch to see what you can pick up from them?

I want to see you guys invest in yourselves. What’s your plan? Please share it with us.

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I am doing a heap of technical courses to make sure I keep my skills up to date.

1) invest in my future career – do online Coursea math course, do GMAT test

2)I have curly, black girl hair which is a hell to care for in its natural state ie. not chemically processed so I want to learn more about natural hair care and start taking better care of my hair – look up youtube natural hair channels, buy and read hair care books

3)work on my people skills, (I get spasms just thinking about it) – already identified a young lady who looks to be of similar age to myself in my neighborhood who I dont already know, start by saying more than hello when I see her at the bus stop

Read and read the most up-to-date information about your field. Donâ??t enclose yourself and think that you already know everything. You’ll be left behind without you even knowing it until it’s too late.

I’ll attend at least one conference this year. I’m reading a lot of books too so I am learning a few things.
I really need to work on my people skill, but I’m just too busy right now. I’ll try to join Toastmaster sometime this year.

I need to meet more people, interesting or otherwise. My social circle is stagnant and I can’t afford the weekend get-a-ways they always want to do.

I need to meet interedting, enlightening people who want to indulge in inexpensive yet fun activities.

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Just talking with people in person and picking their brains is something that you cannot put a price tag on. You can learn something from everyone so we shouldn’t hesitate to meet face to face and ask questions. Some of the advice and answers you get from someone could mean all the difference in your own perspective and outlooks on something. Great advice!

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