We focus on stocks and bonds when we think of investing most of the time, but we often forget that it’s also possible to invest in ourselves. An investment in yourself can offer very good returns — as long as you are wise with your investment.
This year, I’m in exploratory mode. I’m trying to decide what I want my life to look like for the near future (at least until my son finishes secondary school), and I’m still tweaking my finances after the overhaul that came with my divorce last year.
It’s been a good time to think about the investments I want to make in myself. Some of those investments include:
I probably won’t go back to school anytime soon. However, I’ve long toyed with the idea of going back for a PhD or getting my MBA. Right now, school isn’t an option with my son to raise, and other obligations.
The good news is that you don’t need to go to school in a formal setting to invest in your education. You can learn from good books, online courses, and other sources. I try to expand my knowledge of business and other subjects that can help me boost my earning power, as well as help me learn things that enrich my life.
One of the best investments you can make in yourself is your health. Take better care of your health, and you can save money in the long run. I’ve started exercising every day, and I’m slowly reforming my eating habits. I wasn’t in terrible health before, but I recognize that, as I age, my body is less forgiving and it’s more important than ever to practice good health habits.
Taking care of my health means a better quality of life now and in the future — not to mention cost savings since I won’t have as many health care issues that require medical attention.
I’m trying to invest more time, energy, and even money in new business opportunities and projects of interest. I hope that these will pan out. I want to be able to boost my passive income, and diversify my income further so that I’m not quite as reliant on freelance clients. Putting money back into my business efforts can pay off in the long run, even though it’s kind of tough right now.
In fact, this has been one of my struggles. As a freelancer, I’m used to being paid immediately, for almost everything I do. Putting money and time into a business that takes a longer payoff has been tough for me, but I recognize it as an investment in myself.
Finally, I know that I need downtime. It’s important to recharge and relax, and that’s an investment in yourself. You can’t do your best work, whether you are at a traditional job, running a business, or running your household if you haven’t taken time to relax. I’m working on making time to read, and making time for my son. I consider my good relationship with my son an investment in myself and my emotional well-being.
There are many ways you can invest in yourself and in your life. If you want to be able to live a more fulfilling life, an investment in yourself is necessary.
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