The Art of An Investment Plan – Part 5
What is the best investment I can make? Where do I put my money to yield the best return?
At some point in your life, you’ll wonder am I investing in the right place. You’ll try many investment opportunities and unfortunately many will fail. Let me give you a real-life example. Pamela, my wife, decided she should invest some time and money into becoming a Mary Kay salesperson. There were many people who were doing it and making some additional income. So she went full speed ahead. BTW – we also had a close friend who did the same. Long story short, we ate that investment and ended up giving much of the merchandise away to friends. This wasn’t a good investment. Why? We’re not cosmetic salespeople. We have no interest in the products. It was out of this failure that we learned a good life-lesson. I’ll share; so let’s get to it — the best places for us to invest.
The best place to invest is in yourself. You’re a sure thing. Our Mary Kay example illustrated how we invested outside of ourselves. How’s that? I’m glad you asked. Pamela and I went outside of what we do and tried to do what we saw others do. We’re not cosmetic sales people. In fact, we’re not interested in cosmetics at all. So, this venture never would have interested us.
In turn, we found that what we needed to identify what we do well. We’ve taken what we do and our years of experience of doing what we do and have put it to work for us. We “build others”. We use our time and talents to help people grow and get better at being who they are. We help others unlock their own treasure —the potential trapped inside of them.
When you invest in yourself and what you do, it’s a win-win. You win because you’re good at it and you win because you’re interested in it. You win because when you invest in you, you become a better, more marketable you and it pays off no matter what. Your return on you is guaranteed.
The Investment I Discovered
One of the characteristics I’ve been working on developing is in finding the good in everyone I meet. In a conversation with a coworker who was a salesmen, I asked him the question, what makes you such a good salesman? He respond with a list of just a few things he does without fail. He has a strategy of attack that he uses. It was inspiring and I said to him, you need to right a book about that. This information would be great in a book that you can sell and, if not sell, at least use for your own personal reference. He has some good information that would be very helpful to others in his field and so do you. Why not put it into a form where others can benefit from your wealth of knowledge and success?
These words made me take inventory of what I could offer others. Check out what came up with for this exercise.
- I have 20+ years of information systems and technology experience.
- I have 6+ years of executive administration experience.
- I have 10+ years of platform building experience.
- I have over 40+ years of experiences in biblical studies, prayer, and church building & involvement.
That’s a ton of experience and a wealth of knowledge that others will find to be very valuable. People want to know what you and I have to offer from our experiences. Trust me when I say this…we are in the information age and the information you have to share is valuable. Take inventory of what you have to offer and let’s leverage what we have together.
Today is Friday!
The best place to invest is in yourself. When you do, it’s a win-win situation that always brings a return not just to you, but to others as well. Now that we’ve told you the place that’s best for you to invest, next, we need to give you some ideas on how. Because your life is your business, let’s make the most of it by investing in it.