“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
I get concerned these days with young people who seem to be driven by what people have told them are lucrative and personally rewarding vocations and that they should chose an educational path that leads them to someone else’s dream. I worry that colleges and universities are so focused on vocational pursuits they are conning young people into believing that with the right diploma their future is guaranteed only to find upon the student graduating that there are hundreds of others with the same degree in the unemployment line.
I wish young people felt free to explore during their educational pursuits all the world has to offer. Most of the people I admire are people that were well grounded in the humanities. One of our cities most successful businessmen told me years ago that he thought his son would have been more successful if he had started with a liberal arts degree before he went on to acquire an engineering degree. I know folks who have lived their lives regretting that they never had the chance to pursue a literary or arts career, they would have preferred to try and fail rather than not ever knowing what they might have done. Please let the young invest in themselves.
Here are excerpts from an article I saved you might like, unfortunately I don’t know who wrote it.
Valuable Ways to Invest in Yourself
Investing in yourself may be the most profitable investment you ever make. It yields not only future returns, but often a current pay-off as well. The surest way to achieve a better quality life, to be successful, productive, and satisfied is to place a priority on investing in both personal and professional growth. The effort you put into consistently investing in yourself plays a large role in determining the quality of your life now and in the future.
Develop your skills - Improving your skills doesn’t always mean investing in higher education, though that’s surely an option, and perhaps a necessary one depending upon your career field. Investing in your knowledge and skills can take many forms. In addition, expanding your level of knowledge and skill isn’t limited to the business arena and doesn’t necessarily need to be formal.
Explore your creative side - There is a fountain of creativity within most of us that has never been tapped or certainly hasn’t been used to its highest potential. We may need to unearth, and hone our individual creativity. Creativity, in any form, helps us to grow personally and professionally, to view problems and solutions in different ways and to utilize other parts of our mind that may have been previously untapped. It’s important to keep in mind that creativity has many faces. It’s far broader than being a painter or sculptor; it’s also about trying new things.
Nurture your mind - Nurturing your mind allows you to have more to give now and in the future, more energy, more knowledge, more compassion, more ideas, greater strength, physical and mental endurance.
Investing in yourself truly makes a difference in your life, your well-being, and your ability to thrive and perform to the best of your ability. The extent to which you invest in yourself, mind and body, not only shapes the way you interact with the outside world, it often reflects the opinion you have of yourself. Your future is in large part determined by your willingness and ability to invest in yourself now.
Every man is the architect of his own life. He builds it just the way he wants it. However, after he has built what he wants, he sometimes decides that he doesn't like what he has built and looks for someone or something to blame instead of changing himself.
A husband and wife were involved in a petty argument, both of them unwilling to admit they might be in error. "I'll admit I'm wrong," the wife told her husband in a conciliatory attempt, "if you'll admit I'm right."
He agreed and, like a gentleman, insisted she go first.
"I'm wrong," she said.
With a twinkle in his eye, he responded, "You're right!"
I know that there are people in this world who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that.
Albert Einstein arrives at a party and introduces himself to the first person he sees and asks, "What is your IQ?" to which the man answers "241." "That is wonderful!," says Albert. "We will talk about the Grand Unification Theory and the mysteries of the Universe. We will have much to discuss!"
Next Albert introduces himself to a woman and asks, "What is your IQ?" To which the lady answers, "144." "That is great!," responds Albert. "We can discuss politics and current affairs. We will have much to discuss!"
Albert goes to another person and asks, "What is your IQ?" to which the man answers, "51." Albert responds, "What do ya think about them babes on Baywatch?"
A man asks his guru, "Do you have anything that stops the aging process?"
The guru responds, "Sure. What kind of disease would you like?"
She said: While trying to explain to our five-year-old daughter how much technology had changed, my husband pointed to our brand-new personal computer and told her that when he was in college, a computer with the same amount of power would have been the size of a house.
Wide-eyed, our daughter asked, "How big was the mouse?"
A positive attitude will not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
In the Kentucky hills, you don't see too many people hang-gliding. Ol' Zeek decided to save up and get a hang-glider. He takes it to the highest mountain, and after struggling to the top, he gets ready to take flight. He takes off running and reaches the edge and into the wind he goes! Meanwhile, Maw & Paw Abner were sittin' on the porch swing, talkin 'bout the good ol' days, when maw spots the biggest bird she has ever seen.
"Look at the size of that bird, Paw!" she exclaims.
Paw raises up, "Git my gun, Maw."
Maw runs into the house and brings out his pump action shotgun. He takes careful aim. BANG...BANG...BANG...BANG! The monster-size bird continues to sail silently over the tree tops.
"I think ya missed him, Paw," she says.
"Yeah," he replies, "but at least he let go of ol' Zeek!"
The heart of a fool is in his mouth, but the mouth of a wise man can be found in his heart.
Anne meets up with Dana as she is picking her car up from the mechanic.
Anne asks, "Everything ok with your car now?"
Dana replies, "Yes, thank goodness. I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off, so I was relieved when he told me all I needed was $12 worth of blinker fluid."
“In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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