Invest three percent of your income in yourself (self-development) in order to guarantee your future. –Brian Tracy
If you aren't familiar with Brian Tracy, I promise you, he is legit.
The quote above is something he and his most successful students have adhered to while improving their minds, bodies and businesses exponentially each year.
So if you are making $1,000,000 per year, Tracy would suggest that you reinvest $30,000 of that back into yourself in the form of courses, coaching programs and books.
It could be difficult spending that much, but I would love to be in the position to have that problem!
If you are looking for ways to invest in yourself in 2016, here are the things I did in 2015 that really paid off for me.
1. Take the “Learn Scrivener Fast” Course by Joseph Michael
This course made what seemed, at first, to be an overwhelming tool into a resource that I can't imagine living without.
If you aren't using Scrivener, you are missing out. Personally, I knew about it long before I had the guts to actually give it a shot. I knew it was powerful, but it looked like too much to learn for too little return.
There are many potential uses for Scrivener you may not have considered. While it excels first and foremost as a tool for book writers, I have also used it to manage my blogging (before I switched to CoSchedule), organize marketing funnels, manage my to-dos and even store business processes for future employees to reference.
This course starts at $97, but I strongly recommend the $197 option. I don't mean that in the way a waiter recommends the most expensive thing on the menu over the cheeseburger 9 times out of 10, either. The return on this investment was just amazing.
Note: You will still need to dedicate a few hours to the lessons, but they are bite sized and easy to plow through or you can go slow.
2. Attend Conferences
When you get the opportunity, no…when you make the opportunity to go to a conference and meet others in your industry, you will be happy you did.
The connections I made in the three major conferences I went to were worth absolutely every penny I paid for the flights, hotels, and admission.
Find a good one, go, meet others and build your business.
If you are looking for conferences to attend, check out a comprehensive list here.
3. Read a Lot of Nonfiction Books
Books, physical or digital, aren't cheap. All in all, I spent around $600 in 2015 on books and subscription services (Scribd, Kindle Unlimited, Blinkist).
It provides summaries for many of the most popular non-fiction books out there.
4. Learn Basic Copywriting
The ability to sell your ideas is infinitely more important that your ability to create them.
Copywriting is a skill that will follow you into any market.
5. Take a Course in Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Excel is one of the most underrated pieces of software on the planet.
Its applications are boundless, regardless of what you do.
Google Sheets is becoming a nearly seamless replacement for Microsoft Excel. You can learn Sheets as well, but most of the concepts are the same (99%).
I have written about the common mistakes people make in designing spreadsheets,