Do You Invest In YOU?

by Martha Giffen

woman with piggy bank 210x300 Do You Invest In YOU?With Facebook’s big IPO debut and all the talk surrounding it last week, I started thinking about investments and what they really mean.  Taking a chance on future growth would be my immediate answer.

Let’s get more specific.

When is the last time you invested in yourself or your biz?

Your answer to that might hold the key to your future. I’ve come up with a quick list that I really believe if implemented is full of  great investment opportunities for you.

  • Read a book – This is the least expensive and easiest way to gain knowledge.  Find books written by the pros. Study them, devour them, and change your future.  Think about it this way:  Much of the knowledge in books took the writer a lifetime to compile.  With a quick read, you will have someone’s whole life’s teaching in your brain!  Don’t you love that one?  And, if social media is where you’re lacking, don’t forget about Be Social Be Rich!  (I know. Shameless promotion. Click on the big box above and to your right!)
  • Hire A Coach – This one is becoming more obvious to people.  If someone else is successful in your niche, by all means, go learn from them.  I’m talking about life-changing and biz-booming here!
  • Attend a workshop – For hands-on experience, these can’t be beat.  Check out your local college or public library.  Both can be counted on to bring you educational courses.
  • Online webinars and teleseminars – These are excellent investments and easy to attend as you don’t have to leave home and even if they aren’t meeting at a convenient time, you can usually pick up the replay.  Does it get any easier??  Here’s one on blogging I’ve got coming up this week:  Martha’s Blogging Call
  • Live events – Want to see several experts all in one place?  Live events are what’s happening!  I still use notes that I’ve taken over the years at live events.  And the networking?  Well, you know my view on that one.  The investment is priceless!

Basically what I’m saying is, if you really take the time and energy to seek out investment opportunities for yourself, you’ll find them all around you.

When I first started earning my own money, my Daddy gave me some good advice.  He said, “always pay yourself first.” In other words, use a portion of that money to reinvest in myself.  Whether it was putting it up for the “rainy day” or using it as capital for my first biz, I got the message.  I was important enough to invest in myself!

How about you?  Any investments that have paid off you’d like to share?

Peace,

Martha

 Do You Invest In YOU?

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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