We invest in food, clothes, movies, and etc. We invest in things that don't fill who we are as human beings. We invest in material items that don't add value to our life or shape us. The amount of time, energy and money we spend on these things could easily be the same amount of energy we spend on ourselves yet we don't. Then we wonder why there is no satisfying progress in our lives. We run to old habits, and poor attitudes and then say "Why isn't this going my way?" , "Why can't I be successful?" when all it takes is just investing in yourself.
“There is no more profitable investment than investing in yourself. It is the best investment you can make; you can never go wrong with it. It is the true way to improve yourself to be the best version of you and lets you be able to best serve those around you.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Remember that business idea you had lying around, or that career move you wanted to make but haven't yet, what was holding you back? What is still holding you back? Is it lack of preparation? Is it the excuses you are making for yourself? Is it because you don't have the "funds"?
Before I started my blog, I would make excuses for myself. Money was the biggest, but it that was more so based off my fear of spending money. However, how would I expect to fund my dreams, if I wasn't willing to spend on my dreams? I know I'm not alone on this, which is why it's important to talk about. You don't want to be the one in the way of your own dreams, so I made a few tips to help you get started.
"My philosophy is whatever you do, you've got to invest in yourself. If you don't, there are a lot of people out there who will get the job because they're more prepared than you."
― Karl Urban
1. Learning How to Budget
Do your old habits include reckless spending? If so, welcome to the majority of young adults! When it comes to spending, its okay to treat yourself, but it's also important to learn how to budget. You can do this whichever way works for you! To start off, it would be best figuring out what you have to spend on, such as bills, and essentials. Then what you want to save, and what you want to spend. In fact, I recently watched a video produced by a content creator, Doechii in which she explained the 50/30/20 rule. The basis of this rule is to get you to live within your means. This rule has worked for many, and but not everyone's 50/30/20 will be the same.
As mentioned above, not everyone's breakdown will be the same, but this is the main idea. For more insights on budgeting, there are tons of videos all over the internet that have useful information...so take advantage of it!
2. "My budget is making headway, now what do I do?"
This is where you have to make the decision of what you are spending your 20%-30% on. Are you going to spend it on new clothes that you don't really need or are you going to invest it in yourself? Even if you aren't in the exact financial situation you want to be in, are there any tools that can help you prepare for your future? Tools such as online classes, books, resources etc. Investments don't always have to result in large sums of money or have to be big life-changing decisions. Reading a book, that provides you with knowledge on your field is an investment.
3. Learn New Skills, and Perfect Old Ones
One of the most beneficial things you could do for yourself is this. By learning new skills you will have more depth when it comes to your resume, allowing you to stand out more. Also, why wouldn't you just want to learn a bunch of useful skills, to give yourself more opportunities?
The list could go on for ways to invest in yourself, but the only way to start is by focusing all your energy on your wants and needs. Throw away bad and wasteful habits. Hang around those that water you, instead of drain you. Learn when to rest, and when to be productive. Learn to seize the moment. This life is what we make it, so let's not waste it!
Best of Luck,