You have no doubt heard the phrase “Invest in Yourself” thousands of times.
“Invest in yourself!” But what does ‘invest in yourself mean’? Does it mean you should go out and invest in some expensive shoes that cost more than one-thousand bucks? Does it mean that you should go by yourself a designer suit? What does it mean to invest in yourself?
Your business is you, your computer, and your internet connection. You could actually operate your business from anywhere on the planet that has an internet connection. So basically, your business is really only you. The business is based only upon your own knowledge and your own ability.
Here is a rule that you might want to live by to insure that your internet business is a success:
Invest 5% of your time and income into improving your self.
Expansion and growth are imperative to the survival of your business. Which means expanding and growing the knowledge of the person running the company…that would be YOU.
A tiny investment of only 5% of your time and your income, per year into yourself, can result in positive monetary returns.
You might be sitting there shaking your head wondering what is a 5% time and income investment per year in yourself. It means that you must expand your knowledge.
You must stay on top of the new technological advancements and expand your knowledge. Things change fast. New information becomes available on almost everything under the sun every day of the week.
It is very, very easy to fall behind very, very quickly. And unless you consciously put forth the effort to stay on top of things you will most certainly fall behind. Keeping up is easier than catching up.
Yes, you are so busy right now that you could use 48 hour days. But taking one hour per day out of the 24 that you are allotted and only $5 out of every hundred dollars that you earn and investing that time and money in yourself can increase your future earnings a hundred fold.
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There are newsletters, webinars, ebooks / planners, seminars, and conferences that can provide the information you need to grow and expand your business. But you must be willing to invest in yourself so that you can take advantage of this information…learn it…and apply it to your own business.
Invest in Yourself: Tips that Really Work
It is absolutely true that time is the one commodity that most entrepreneurs have a very, very short supply of. Here are a few tips that might help:
- Use travel time to invest in yourself. By using your phone, pad, or your computer to expand your knowledge.
- Set your clock a half hour earlier and use that time to read and learn.
- After you stop working in the evening, use your computer to search for new information and ideas.
Of course there are some things that are just going to take your time but you can choose wisely.
- Attend webinars and watch videos that are directly related to your niche or your business.
- Attend, real world, seminars that are closer to your home and will require less travel time but will provide you with the information that you need.
Resist the Urge of Staying in the Comfort Zone
We all have a comfort zone and all of us are very fond of our personal comfort zone. It's tempting to stick with doing the things that we have always done and doing them in the same way we have always done them.
However, staying in your comfort zone and refusing to expand your mind and horizons can cause your business to fail.
There is an old saying that says,
“If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Well, ‘it’ doesn’t have to be broken in order to be improved upon.
Candle light wasn’t broken but we are all glad that electricity was harnessed. Electric light is still light but it is certainly a big improvement over candle light.
New ideas come along every day in the world of business. Some of those ideas are even good ones even if they do reside outside of our own personal comfort zone.
In order to continue to invest in yourself, you must be willing to leave your own comfort zone. Just because what has worked is still working it doesn’t mean that there are not newer, better and more efficient ways of doing things.
Nobody is saying that new is always better. New is not always better but sometimes it is and the only way to tell which is which is by investigating new ideas yourself and then adapting the ones that can help you to grow your business.
Invest in yourself by increasing your knowledge and don’t be afraid of trying new things and new ways of doing things. These things really are the secrets of success and not just in the world of internet business but in life itself.
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