Investing in yourself is literally just as important as investing financially. Investing in your health and personal development can help you achieve great things that you may never think to be possible. I have preached about investing in yourself via social media for a while but I finally started taking action. 2017 was the year that I feel like I finally started to invest in myself and boy can I say that it paid off. I learned a ton of new things and met a ton of awesome people. I want you to thrive in 2018 and the first step is to invest in yourself.
There are plenty of ways to invest in yourself but check out these 8 ways that I have highlighted below:
Reading books can be an inexpensive way to invest in yourself; however, it can pay off in so many ways. Reading books can help expand your vocabulary, increase your mental stimulation, improve your writing skills, and expand your vocabulary.
In the middle of 2017, I challenged myself with reading 2 books a month. Out of all the books that I ended up reading (or rereading), some of my favorites were:
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
- The Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in The Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
- The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone
If you feel like you don’t have time to read books, then you are in luck. You can also listen to books on audio. Listening to books on audio really helped many to finish so many books in 2017. By listening to books, I can stimulate my mind while I am driving to work or at the gym.
Personally, I listen to books on audio via Audible. Once I sign up for a book through my Amazon account, Audible loads the book to my cell phone so I can literally listen anywhere. Give Audible a try today and get 2 books for free! Click here to try it for yourself.
Complete a Course
There are courses on a wide variety of subjects! Similar to books, courses can help to teach you something new that you have wanted to learn. There are free courses and there are courses that cost thousands of dollars. It really just depends on what you are looking to learn. See below for a few websites that offer free and paid courses:
I have used Lynda.com in my 9 to 5 to help me with my leadership, delegation, time management, and communication skills. The courses on Lynda.com and the other sites mentioned typically give actionable advice to improve upon a skill or learn a new process. The best part is that you can usually complete the course within a couple of days or a weekends time.
In order to improve my blogging skills, I just bought the following course: Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. The course was taught by Michelle who started making $0 from affiliate marketing and now makes over $50k per month for affiliate marketing. In the event you aren’t familiar with affiliate marketing, it is the process of a business or brand paying a blogger or social media influencer for sending traffic to their site.
Although I was skeptical about buying the course at first, I heard so many positive reviews from bloggers who had doubled, tripled, and quadrupled their affiliate marketing income from her course. If you have a blog or are a social media influencer, I strongly encourage you to purchase the course. I was completely lost in affiliate marketing but she made it super easy to understand. Click here for more information about the course and to try it for yourself.
Attend a Conference
There are plenty of reasons that you should attend a conference in order to invest in yourself. Some of those reasons include:
- Networking with like-minded individuals
- Encountering new businesses and suppliers
- Finding new full time or freelance job opportunities
- Positioning yourself as an expert in your industry
I recently got back from a financial influencers conference called FinCon. FinCon was a great opportunity for me to connect with other financial bloggers, speakers, coaches, and podcasts. After attending FinCon, I made a number of business connections and even joined a mastermind group. If you aren’t familiar with a mastermind group, a mastermind group is a peer to peer coaching group. You express your struggles and others help you solve those issues. I would have never joined this mastermind group if it weren’t for FinCon.
Obtain a Certification
Depending on your field there are many different certifications you can receive to learn more things about your industry or just become a more well-rounded person. There are literally thousands of nationally recognized certifications that you can apply for.
In 2017, I decided I wanted to become a better financial educator and one of the ways to do that would be to obtain a certification. I decided to become a CFEI which is a certified financial education instructor. The CFEI designation helps me when I work with my one-on-one coaching clients as well as during my speaking engagements.
Join a Professional Organization
There are a ton of different professional organizations that you can join. Professional organizations help you to connect and network with like-minded people. In addition, professional organizations may have regular meetings where speakers come teach you something new about your industry or help you hone in on existing skills.
In 2015, I decided to join Toastmasters International. Toastmasters is an international organization that helps its members improve their communication and leadership skills. In the short time that I have been a member of the organization, it is clear that my formal and informal communication skills have improved immensely. I have served as an executive board member so I am able to utilize my existing leadership skills with a new group of people.
Start a Business
I read a statistic that 47% of millennials have a side hustle. A side hustle really is just a way to make money outside of your regular 9 to 5. However, there has been a rise in millennials that are able to make a full-time income from the business they started on the side. I would have never thought that starting this blog in order to teach millennials about finances would turn into a business but honestly it is one of the best things I have ever done.
I would have never thought that starting this blog in order to teach millennials about finances would turn into a business but honestly it is one of the best things I have ever done. It has given me opportunities for speaking engagements and freelance writing opportunities. That all started by purchasing my self-hosted site on Bluehost.
If you are interested in starting an online side hustle, I strongly suggest that you start with a website. Click here for more information about self-hosting through Blue Host. Typically it starts at $7.95 per month but there is special so you can get your hosting for as little as $3.95 per month.you may enjoy one of these articles:
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- Top 5 Side Hustles to Make Extra Money While Working Full Time
- 17+ Ways to Make Extra Income in 2017
- 10 Unique Ways to Make $250 This Month
Find a Mentor
A mentor is someone that has experience in a field or discipline that you are looking to join that can provide wisdom, knowledge, and instruction. Other than that, a mentor-mentee relationship can take many different shapes and forms. The relationship can be informal or formal. In addition, a mentor can provide additional support in your designated field that family and friends are unable to provide.
A few places to find a mentor include:
- Professional organizations
- At work
- Networking events
Hire a Coach
The eighth way that you can invest in yourself is to hire a coach. A coach is very similar to a mentor. A coach has experience in the field or discipline that you are looking to join. The main difference is that a coach is paid to provide you with superior results. In many cases, a coach helped themselves achieve greatness and now is paid to help others achieve the same greatness.
In past years, I have had a personal trainer or physical coach. He helped me to stay committed and held me accountable to my physical goals. If you are looking for assistance in reaching your financial goals, I serve as a financial coach to my one-on-one clients. We discuss their financial goals and then I help them achieve those goals. If you are interested in exploring my financial coaching services more, check out this link to sign up for a free 15-minute consultation.
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How did you invest in yourself in 2017? And how do you plan to invest in yourself in 2018?
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