Who is wise?
The one who learns from everything and everyone.
Who is beautiful?
The one who realizes that true beauty lies within.
Who is powerful?
The one that knows himself.
Who is rich?
The one that is content with what he has.
Who is that?
Investing in our own person is the best thing we can do, the best investment we can make. Just think about it. We came to this world with nothing and we will leave with nothing, and the best thing we can do is to invest in ourselves, living a happy, successful and healthy life and sharing all of our love, work and joy with those around us.
After you’re gone, nobody will talk about how much money you had, how many people you were able to control, how many trips around the world you took, about you expensive cars, how many houses you possessed and so on.
But if you are lucky, they will talk about the great love you had for yourself and for others, about your passions and about your work, and how it had a great impact on other people’s lives… and you can achieve all of that if you commit yourself to continuous learning and permanent growth. Nobody will care about your billions and how rich you were after you will be gone and nobody will remember you for that.
These are not things people are remembered for. People are in fact remembered for their greatness, for the love that they shared with those around them, and for the beauty that they brought to the world, and for the great changes that took place because of them. I am not saying that money, possessions and material wealth are not welcomed and that you should remain poor for the rest of your life. On the contrary, if you invest in yourself for as long as you’ll live, chances are that you will not encounter with poverty, and that success, money and material wealth will be present in your life.
Poor are and will be only those people who choose to give up on their dreams, those people who believe that you stop learning the moment you finish school… These are the ones that will get stuck in a job that they hate, with a partner that they can’t stand, living a miserable and unhappy life until the end, and unfortunately, a great percent of the population on this planet is faced with this problem.
Decide to invest in yourself. Know that this will be the most incredible experience ever. Knowing that every day you will experience something new; you will learn great new things; you will interact with wonderful people; you will no longer feel the need to complain about your life; you will find that inner peace and joy we all seek, and you will radiate all of that outward, becoming more radiant than ever.
So what are the ways you can start doing just that, what are the ways you can start investing in yourself? Do you need a lot of money? Do you need to go back to school? Do you need extra time? Will there be any sacrifices to be made? Will there be any changes you need to make, risks to take?
Yes and no. You see, if you really want something and if you know why you want it, you will find a way to make it happen, and you will attract the right ideas, the right books, the right people, the right circumstance at the right time, as it happened to be many times, but if you don’t, if you don’t feel passionate about it and if you’d rather stay in your comfort zone, you will look for all kind of excuses, things, events, people that might be standing in the way of your dreams, and eventually you will find all of them, giving up on all of them, little by little.. Depending on whatever it is that you want and based on your goals, dreams or passions, the above will be needed less or more. I personally can tell you that, in order for you to learn, grow and develop yourself as an individual, you don’t necessary need to go to school. Of course, if you want to be a doctor, lawyer, astronaut or anything of this sort, you will need to go to school, but fortunately, there are many another thing we can do that don’t necessary require us to have a bachelor degree, a master degree or a Ph.D.
I study at two universities at the moment, economics and psychology, but I have to tell you that I have learned more in the last 4 to 5 years ( by studying, reading and doing all kind of researches on subjects like philosophy, neuro-linguistic programming, quantum physics, western and eastern spirituality, photography etc. ) than I have had in all my years in school, and to be honest, in my entire life. I guess that’s what being passionate about something really means.
You just have to find those things that you’re truly passionate about and work with them. To go back to what I was saying earlier, about the ways you can invest in yourself, I will say that there are many ways to do that, but the first and the most important thing you need to do, is to commit yourself to continuous learning and growth, knowing that this is a lifetime process. The moment you replace SHOULD with MUST, your whole life starts to change, and you will never want to go back to how things were before, on how you were, and you can do all of that by:
- Going back to school
- Cultivating new, positive and empowering habits ( It is said that if you do a thing for 21 days it will eventually become a habit. 21 days is not that much, right? )
- Taking better care of your body: exercise regularly goes jogging, eat healthier food, drink plenty of water (WATER IS LIFE!), get the rest your body needs, spend time in nature, meditate, etc. You may ask what does this have to do with investing in yourself, but if you want to perform anywhere better, you need to take care of your body, your health. If your body isn’t healthy, chances are you will not be able to do those things you need to do in order for you to grow. How can that happen when you don’t even have the energy you need, and you feel tired all the time, weak and exhausted. “Mens sana in corpore sano.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with these words, they come from the Latin “Healthy mind in healthy body.” They knew you couldn’t have one without the other, and you should too.
- Keep an open mind and be willing to learn from everything and everyone, whether they are family, friends, teachers, coworkers, enemies, people you love, people you can’t stand ( “What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher? What is a bad man but a good man’s job?” Lao Tzu ), your past or present successes and failures, misfortunes, tragedies etc. , because they all have a lesson to teach you. There is a lesson in all of them, a lesson that you need to master in order to grow and move to the next stage of your life.
- Read as many books as possible on your subject of interest.
- Go to seminars.
- Interact with people who already are doing whatever it is that you want to do.
- Look for people that have the same interests as you do, share your thoughts and ideas with them, and always remember, interdependence is better than independence…
And of course, there are also other things you can do, and based on them, you will dedicate your entire life to them, working on becoming the great person you were meant to be, treasuring the journey more than the destination, realizing that:
“What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.” Zig Ziglar