5 Investments You Should Make in Yourself Right Now

5 Investments You Should Make in Yourself Right Now

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.

I remember that he went so far as to say you should do this for your entire life, regardless of the level of wealth you have achieved.Invest three percent of your income in yourself (self-development) in order to guarantee your future. -Brian Tracy (1)

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.

Wrong!How to Learn Scrivener

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.

Here are some tips for networking effectively at conferences. 

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).

If you aren’t much of a reader, there is a tool called Blinkist that takes a little of the sting out of reading.Reading Hacks

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,

About the author

Nate McCallister

Nate is the founder and main contributor of EntreResource.com. He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his two kids Sawyer and Brooks with his beautiful wife Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics and piano.

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