How You Can Start to Invest In Yourself

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Most people associate investing with the stock market and the economy. Even though these are traditionally sound long-term investments, many overlook another important one: investing in themselves.

When you spend time, energy, and money on yourself, you are making an investment in your future self. The rewards might often be substantially greater than those of "conventional investing."

Here are 10 ways to begin investing in yourself today in order to make more money:

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  1. Prioritize Your Health

It's a cliche to argue that money can't buy happiness, but that's because it's so commonly agreed upon. If you graft long and difficult hours, remember to give your body what it needs to withstand everything you put it through—lengthy commutes, sleepless nights, early mornings, junk food, hours of sitting at a computer screen per day. Investing in yourself also entails investing in how you care for your body. Invest in quality food, a decent mattress, a gym membership, recreational activities, or dance/martial arts instruction. These can all help to improve your quality of life in the long run.

Don't forget about your mental health. If your current company offers mental health benefits and you believe you might value using them, such as speaking with a therapist, make use of them. A healthy mind and body are important components of job satisfaction both within and outside of the workplace, and they help to increase creativity and cognitive performance.

Also read: Best Productivity Apps For iOS

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  1. Be A Voracious Reader

Wisdom is another vital self-investment. Forgive us for using yet another cliche phrase, but knowledge really is power. Wisdom is not only a source of power, but it is also a catalyst for growth. This potential manifests itself in the shape of discussions you would have not been likely to have or engage in otherwise prospective friendships and relationships, and, relying on how you use it, status and admiration from peers and bosses. But remember, there’s a fine line between being wise and coming across as arrogant, so use your knowledge wisely.

Always keep reading if you are fascinated by a certain field or if you are currently engaged in it. Keep up to date on current advancements, trends, and opportunities, and strive to learn more about them than anybody else. Make the investment if it means travelling to seminars, acquiring memberships to industry periodicals and publications, or even just doing regular online book buying. Success demands self-education.

Also read: 11 Best Personal Finance Books

 

  1. Develop Strong Communication Skills

Effective communication is among the most crucial soft skills that companies look for in the internet age. Since so much interaction now takes place behind a computer, communication skills are essential in the twenty-first century. Because the nonverbal clues that make up so much of face-to-face conversation are removed, there is an even higher demand for precise, clear communication.

Invest in yourself by consistently enhancing your communication skills, whether it be in person, by phone, text, online chatting, or any of the many digital collaboration platforms that characterize the modern workplace. Spending time every day using tools and programs that help you expand and improve your vocabulary is a good approach to make sure that you always have the essential words at your disposal to communicate what you want and need to express.

Also read: 12 Best Finance Podcasts For Your Savings

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  1. Consider A Side Hustle

Anything that you do or obtain in addition to your principal work and source of money is considered a side hustle. It might be something you do digitally, something you do physically, or a mixture of the two. Typically, your side hustle is something that you are naturally interested in and/or competent at. Side hustles can often provide extra income, but they can also lead to professional prospects and even full-time self-employment.

A side hustle also demonstrates to prospective employers that you "hustle," as the term implies. That you are innovative and ambitious, and that you are continuously looking for new methods to be successful and create money. Investing in a side hustle may necessitate the purchase of different objects and equipment, as well as software licenses and courses. These are the sorts of valuable investments in yourself that you should be prepared to make.

 

  1. Network Wherever Possible

People often regard networking as a negative term since it indicates a business relationship. A good way to think of "networking" is as a mutually beneficial connection. Never rule out the prospect of companionship in addition to a networking connection, but it is quite legitimate to look for possibilities to provide and gain something from other people of charity who are searching for the same thing.

Relationships formed through networking and nurtured over time have the potential to lead to future academic and business possibilities. Taking someone out to dinner at a restaurant to poke their mind, or attending meetings, workshops, trade exhibitions, and other networking events, can all help to nurture these ties. In any case, expanding your professional network should be regarded as an acceptable cost of conducting business.

Also read: 7 Best Ways To Invest Money Wisely

 

  1. Set Realistic Goals

We understand that setting new year goals may seem futile given how well everyone did last year, but bear with us. These objectives don't have to be broad, overarching objectives like clearing off all your bills (especially because we don't know how the economy will do this year). These can be as basic as setting up automatic payments with your bank, restricting your dining out to once a month, or upgrading your portfolio.

Whatever short-term and maybe long-term aims you want to concentrate on this year, make absolutely sure they are attainable and will not leave you feeling less worthy at the end of the year because you don't achieve them all.

Also read: How To Manage Personal Finances

 

  1. Ditch Bad Habits

What nasty habit do you keep promising yourself you'll break year after year? We bet you have at least one. It could be overspending impulsively, drinking, or spending lots of time on a smartphone. Create a list in your notebook of all the reasons why you want to quit this pattern (such as how it affects your economic, emotional, spiritual, or physical well-being) and all the measures you'll take to eventually stop it (like replacing the bad habit with a better one). 

It will take time and effort, but consider how much better you'll feel by the time the year is over. Investing in yourself involves taking steps to create the future 

 

  1. Practice Gratitude

You don't have to wait until Thanksgiving to express your gratitude for all that you have. Practice appreciation on a regular basis to help you gain some perspective and feel more at ease with what you're doing in life. 

You may not be debt-free or have enough cash for a deposit for a house, but we promise there are aspects of your life for which you are grateful. Cultivate thankfulness for at least one person or object every week to help keep you on track, whether it's for your relatives, colleagues, pets, hobbies, routines, or lattes.

 

  1. Get Organized

It's natural to feel chaotic in a society that is anything but. Spend some time this year developing an effectively organized system for your money, work, home, and so on. Everything ought to have a home so that when tax season rolls along, you aren't scrambling around your house hunting for all of it.

Get rid of the clutter in your life. In this part, we are not discussing your documentation or file. We're talking about everything in your life that is no longer serving you or bringing you down. Go through all of the social media profiles you follow and select just those who inspire, make you smile, teach you something, and so on.

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  1. Set Boundaries

Do you struggle to set limits and say no to other people and to yourself? Jot down in your notepad everything you wish you could've said no to in the past and list some reasons why you didn't. Examine the list and consider the feelings associated with the disappointments. After that, practice saying no. 

Make a promise to refuse if something actually does not excite you or correspond with your morals (such as regular coffees with a colleague). It will be difficult at first to feel as if you are letting people down, but it will be well worth it! Consider safeguarding your attention, emotions, and finances this year by only saying yes or no to individuals and stuff that makes you satisfied. Setting boundaries will also help you avoid burnout, making it a priceless investment. 

Investing in yourself is like investing in your pension, it will pay dividends in the long term. And just like deductions shown on pay stubs you will be able to see the benefits of investing in yourself every month.
 

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How You Can Start to Invest In Yourself
Samantha Clark

A Warrington College of Business graduate, Samantha handles all client relations with our top-tier partners. Read More

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