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Today’s article is all about investing in yourself.

Just last week, my team and I attended our industry conference that is held in Vegas every year.

I learned a long time ago that the best thing I could do was to continuously do things that improved myself.  I don’t know where or when that was ingrained in me, but I am so glad it was.  It happened long before I even knew who Warren Buffett was.

“The best investment you can make is in yourself.”  – Warren Buffett

Maybe it was because I was brought up on a farm where we had to constantly learn new things ourselves.  Or maybe it was because I became a self-taught entrepreneur in my early years.

I love what my mentor, Eric Worre says, “life and business is all about growth and contribution.”

“Invest 3% of your income in yourself (self-development) in order to guarantee your future.”Brian Tracy

Consider these different areas when investing in yourself.

Health – this is the most important obviously, and goes without saying. You have nothing if you don’t have your health and yet so many of us take it for granted.  Being healthy, means you are energetic, focused, able to do more, mentally, physically and spiritually. 

Education – it does not end when school is out.  I’m a sponge for learning something new especially taking courses, reading books, searching the internet for information, etc.  Investing in more education will have a direct impact on your career, your life, your confidence, your ability, your knowledge level, and your bank account.

Relationships – we are social animals and having good, loving relationships is key to our overall happiness.  So take the time to nurture current and new relationships.  Go out of your way to establish new ones with people that will add value to your life.  Re-connect with those who have drifted away but have impacted you positively. 

Experiences – has anyone ever gone on a trip and not enjoyed it?  Sure things can go wrong – baggage can be lost, weather can be awful, the hotel may not be a 5 star, the food may be lousy and so on. However, it makes you grow, see something new, establish new friends and strengthen ties with others and provide memories.

And, the best part is the return on investment (ROI).

You’ll be more physically fit, improved self-image, greater self-esteem, more confidence, new skills, more self-worth, stronger relationships, exciting life experiences, more friends, richer, a brighter future and a desire to give back. 

So invest in yourself now and reap the benefits forever.

Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make.  It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin S. Sharma