Before you start investing in a portfolio, think about investing in yourself! Investing in yourself is just as important as investing financially and may actually be the most profitable investment you ever make. By improving on your health and personal development, you can get closer to reaching your goals, whether they are financially related or not. The effort you put into investing in yourself plays a large role in determining the quality of your life now and for years to come.
Further develop your skills.
By further developing your skills, you can achieve even more with just a bit of hard work. It doesn’t mean you have to invest in higher education, although that is certainly an option as well. Investing in your knowledge and skills can take many forms, from picking up a book to finishing a degree! There’s always ways to expand your knowledge and learn more about the world.
Take an online course!
There are tons of websites now that offer both free and paid courses on more subjects than you could ever imagine. Taking courses online can help teach you something new that you’ve always wanted to learn, and can prove to be a very positive experience for your brain.
MIT OpenCourseWare: This website is a web-based publication of virtually all Massachusetts Institute of Technology course content. You can find thousands of courses, covering every MIT department and degree program, and ranging from the introductory to the most advanced graduate level. It is open and available to the entire world.
Coursera: Coursera has over 33 million registered users and more than 2700 courses. There are free courses you can take and ones you can pay for, which even provide you with a course certificate at the end! Coursera even offers full degrees, if you really wanted to try the full online schooling experience.
Reading books is another inexpensive way to invest in your knowledge, and yet it can pay off in so many ways. Reading can help expand your vocabulary, increase your mental stimulation, and improve your own writing skills. Although it may be a bit challenging to start if you aren’t already an avid reader, don’t be put off! You can start by reading something easy, something you’re interested in, or something that relates to your life – that can help ease your new healthy habit.
Be creative and try new things!
Everyone has limitless potential for what they can achieve, and with that is a limitless source of creativity – we just have to find it! Creativity helps us perceive the world in new and exciting ways, find hidden patterns in everyday things, make connections between what may seem like unrelated matters, and generate solutions to problems we face. It’s vitally important in the development of our personal and professional lives. Creativity comes in many shapes and sizes – it’s not just in the musician or the painter, it’s in new experiences too.
Learn a new language – try finding a class or going online, learning a new language is one of the most useful skills you can give yourself
Try gourmet cooking – like food? Enroll in a class, buy a new cookbook, or search up your favorite chef’s famous recipes and try cooking something new and exciting!
Write something – whether it be the shortest poem, a story, a memory, or a book, writing helps eliminate stress and clears up your mind.
Explore nature – try gardening, bird watching, fishing, or even star-gazing! There’s plenty to explore outside of those four walls.
Enjoy music – picking up an instrument is one of the most valuable hobbies anyone could pick up. Already play an instrument? Try joining a band or even learn a new instrument – once you already know one it makes the rest a lot easier.
Take up photography – you don’t even need a fancy camera for this one anymore – your phone will do just fine! Photography is extremely rewarding – anyone can start, and there’s always more to learn.
Stay healthy and care for your body
You only have one body, and until science can figure a way around it you’re in charge of taking care of it. Living a healthy lifestyle is so important because it ensures you will be around for a long time to not only enjoy the people around you but also everything else you’ve already invested yourself into.
Eat healthy – this is one of the biggest (and hardest) ones. Make healthy food choices as often as possible. What you eat affects how much energy you have, and how you perform throughout your day-to-day activities. Think of the food you eat as the source of energy for your entire body and life. Would you rather be putting in unhealthy foods that will wear down your body, or healthy, nutrient-rich food to power you?
Take your time – slow down and relax. Don’t push yourself too hard and don’t hang yourself up on things out of your control, it just leads to more stress and exhaustion. Think forwards and learn from your mistakes to improve yourself for next time.
Go to the doctor – not feeling great? Don’t put it off. Go to your doctor when you feel off, before you break down. Go above and beyond by using preventative maintenance – get check-ups, take vitamins, and trust your instincts.
Exercise, exercise, and exercise – you’ve definitely heard this one before. Although it may be a pain, it’s the most important favor we can do for our bodies. Exercising increases energy levels, improves muscle strength, helps you maintain a healthy weight, improves brain function, the list goes on. Start slow by taking walks! You don’t have to run a marathon to get the exercise you need. It can be dance class too, or swimming, or even mountain biking! There’s no limit to the number of ways you can get some physical activity in your day, so set aside the time to give your body a workout!
Investing in yourself isn’t just one or two things you can do – you can invest in yourself an infinite number of ways. There are always more ways to improve on yourself, and there will always be time to improve on yourself. It truly makes a difference in your life, your well-being, and your ability to perform to the best of your ability. How you invest in yourself not only affects the way you interact with the world, but also reflects how you see yourself. By taking the time to invest in yourself, you are investing in your future, and investing in your happiness.
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