I always tell people that investing in stocks is nice, but the best investment you can make is in yourself. A few weekends ago I got the opportunity to invest in myself by attending the Quitter Conference hosted by Jon Acuff. It was an intense, two day event held in Nashville, Tennessee packed with lots of information, which to be honest, I am still processing two weeks later.
I won’t be doing a full review of the conference today, but I plan to do so in an upcoming podcast. Let’s just say that the conference was well worth the time and money spent and in talking to other attendees they thought the same thing. It was a great investment because if I apply just half of what I learned I will more than make up for the $99 spent on the conference.
I’m not trying to convince you to attend the conference, but I am encouraging you to find ways to invest in yourself. The tendency most of us have when investing in ourselves is to try to talk ourselves out of it and convince ourselves that it will not work. Instead, next time try to talk yourself into doing it. Not only is the information you receive valuable, it is also a great way to network with others, learn something new, and get connected with other like-minded people who can help encourage you to change your life.
Investing in yourself is always an ongoing thing. Personally, I’ve identified a few areas in my life I need to invest in, including my speaking and writing that I will try to improve in the next year. What have you done in 2012 to invest in yourself? Are you looking at ways to do so in the future? If not, what are the barriers you are facing that are preventing you from doing do? Is it time? Money? Desire?