Top ways to invest in yourselfChen Wan Lim
One of the best investments you can make is in yourself. The returns can either be monetary or non-monetary such as happiness and self-fulfilment. There are many areas in your life where you can invest in such as time, skills, knowledge, health and well-being. Here are the top ways how you can invest in yourself:
The saying, time and tide wait for no man cannot be truer. Time is a limited commodity which cannot be earned, nor can it be multiplied. Therefore, give yourself some quality time to do the things you like, to rest and relax and to do the things which you have always wanted to do. Get yourself a hobby which you can be proud of and will look forward to doing during your free time.
Read a book
Garrison Keillor, author and radio personality said that “A book is a gift you can open again and again”. Books are a relatively cheap way of obtaining knowledge (especially with the advent of e-books). Reading stimulates creativity and imagination and it enhances your vocabulary. Reading a good novel can be akin to watching a great movie.
Relationships are important, especially ones with family members. Invest time and effort building up your relationship with them. Spend some quality time with your family and allocate time to call them up, chat via Skype or WhatsApp or even just to go visit them every so often. In the end of the day, blood is thicker than water.
While we are young and energetic, it is hard to imagine that one day we will grow old and weary. Start a healthy lifestyle as early as possible by eating well, eating clean, exercising and generally by practising safe habits. Do your medical check-ups often and monitor your health level. Staying healthy could also reduce the chances of expensive medical treatments in the future.
The Dalai Lama once said, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before”. Travelling opens up the mind, creates lasting memories and spurs our creativity. Travelling need not be expensive and need not be far. Even a simple trip to a nearby place you’ve never been before can create wonders. You will be able to meet people whom you will not normally meet and eat food that you will not normally eat.
Create a goals list
One way of staying on track in life is to keep a list of goals you want to achieve. Refrain from making open-ended goals without any time frame. Rather, make realistic goals which are attainable and work towards it. Your goals list will help you stay focus, make good decisions and generally give you a sense of direction, especially career-wise.
Learn a new language
Learning a new language is easy these days. Gone are the days where people buy tapes and cassettes to listen to. One can now easily learn a new language online, either via paid services or on Youtube. Learning a new language opens up new doors and can even be beneficial for your career progression.