This is something far overlooked for many people! We give to others and invest in our work and work team, our kids, our significant others, and/or many hobbies. Ask yourself this when was the last time you invested in yourself? No seriously take 2 minutes out of your busy day and do this (it’s investing in yourself). When was the last time you invested in yourself on your own. Not because your employer had you learn something new or you had to relearn math for to help your child with their homework?
Typically we don’t invest a lot in ourselves….it’s just a fact. We end up spending time with wasteful things like TV, facebook, online gaming, etc. Look I’m not saying that these things are all bad or that we shouldn’t do them at all. It’s just typically the average person ends up spending too much time doing these activities when they could be investing in themselves which will make themselves better. The thousands of clients that I have worked with I’ve seen very few that invested in themselves or did it regularly.
I want to explain this so I don’t get that in trouble 🙂 . Investing in yourself is not selfish. I don’t want you to take time away from other activities that you need to do like scooping snow, working, playing with kids, dishes, my least favorite grocery shopping (blah), etc. What I’m saying is use some of your “down time” to invest in yourself. I use the time when I get in bed for the night to unwind and read. I read my devotional for the day and then I try (I said try…sometimes this doesn’t happen but most of the time it does) to read at least 10 pages in a good book to help invest in myself. This investment has helped with my work, my kid, my home life, my business, etc. The outcome from this has far outweighed the time cost.
I know what you are thinking because I was thinking it too “When I got out of school I was never going to read another book again. Reading is boring..etc”. Readers are leaders! Most of the people who are doing big things on this planet are readers. They see the value of investing in themselves and it far outweighs the negatives we have in our mind. Our mindset needs to change and see the value and benefit of it.
Enough camping out on this….I’m sure you get the point. Invest in yourself thru: working out, eating right, reading and it will benefit you far above your investment. You will be a better person, better employee, better business owner, better parent, better in your relationship etc.
So now I’ve sparked your interest in what to read. Here is a short book list to get you started.
Eric Peterson, MS, CSCS