4th December 2014

Invest in yourself part 3


Team Massive Result’s Thursday’s Thoughts

Invest in yourself part 3

There is a plaque on my office wall that reads “Happiness comes from progress. Progress shows up in the form of growth and a sense of contribution”
 It is a saying that I hold dear. I have always found that I am at my happiest, my most content, my best when I have that sense of making progress, of being, in some way, more than I was yesterday. The way I measure that isn’t in pound notes or financial ways but by reflecting on whether I have learned anything, whether I am wiser than I was yesterday and whether I can use that wisdom in the service of others.
One of the reasons that I use the spiral as Team Massive Result’s symbol is that it represents growth over time; of becoming more; of spiralling upwards towards whatever it is that you class as success.
So one of the clear benefits I got from investing in myself was an added impetus on that upward spiral. Whatever financial value that may have, it was priceless to me. Every experience is a learning experience, I know, but there really is no substitute for what I might call “deliberate learning” in a focused learning environment.
In terms of financial payback, I have never been to a focused learning event that hasn’t paid me back, in spades, financially, although it can be almost impossible to calculate. It is important to remember that every single thing that we learn, we have the opportunity to use every day for the rest of our lives and that is true leverage.
I remember having a meeting with a business owner who seemed a little uncomfortable and when I asked her why she said that she had heard that I charged a lot of money and she felt self conscious about me giving my time to her free of charge.
When we had talked about her business for an hour I asked her, “if you were able to implement even 50% of what we had discussed how much would you be able to add to your business next month?”. When she had given me a figure I asked her, “and how much the month after?”. She gave me a similar figure. She then realised that she could add a similar amount to her business every month that she would be in business, thanks to the new knowledge that she had acquired. So I then was able to say, “so if you had paid the figure you had in mind would that have been an expensive cost or a wise investment?”. She could see it would have been a wise investment.
Investing in yourself can be the wisest of investments, but only if you can execute on that knowledge.
I am glad I reversed my initial decision and chose to invest in myself and I will close by suggesting you reflect on how much you invest in your biggest asset, yourself. How much and how often do you read? How often to you attend focused learning events? How much have you engaged in “deliberate learning” in 2014 and what will you commit to in 2015?

This quote from Thomas Szasz might cause you to think more deeply.
“Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.”

You owe it to yourself, your family, your friend and your maker to do whatever it takes to be the best that you can be.

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