Five things you should invest in other than money

Money isn’t the only reason for investing.

It’s important, of course, but there are other really important investments that make up a well-rounded life.

Let’s call them life investments.   Evolution of the real estate agent

These less-tangible investments may seem unrelated to money, but they’re all connected.

There is no use investing solely for money if your other life investments are lacking.

The best financial investments, in my opinion, are those that involve emotional investments as well.

They allow you to grow not only your bank balance, but your character, your social skills, and your connection with others.

Here are some of the top five things you should invest in other than money:

1. Other people

It’s important not to see people as means to an end.  

This can sometimes be tough in business because we’re all so goal-focused, and we have our eye on the prize so to speak.

But in our rush to get the deal done, to finish what we’ve started, we can sometimes overlook our colleagues, friends and family.

This is a bad idea because these are the very people who will pull together to help you when the chips are down.

I’ve always liked that saying, “Be nice to those on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.”

2. Yourself

As you’re forging ahead in your career and you’re beginning to achieve your goals, you may forget to stop and take stock.Boy And Girl Dressed As Superheroes On California Beach

But this is important for personal growth.

You need to ask yourself whether you’re happy and engaged, or stressed and disconnected?

Do you like the person you’ve become or are becoming – and if you don’t what are you going to do about it?

And then there’s the importance of investing in your business skills.

Often we can be our own worst enemies and we hold ourselves back with self-defeating or negative behaviours.

It’s handy to do a personality audit from time to time to check that we’re not getting in our own way, so to speak, or stopping opportunities from coming to us from outdated belief systems.

3. Time

None of us have enough of it. People 2566433 1920

If we could buy time, there would be plenty of people doing so.

As hard as it is, though, spare time is not just important for business growth, it’s non-negotiable.

You have your best ideas when you’re daydreaming or mowing the lawn or taking a walk.

Down time is essential to rebooting the brain and checking in with your dreams and goals.

If you don’t have any spare time then you become a robot.

You’ll be getting lots done, but you won’t be innovating.

4. Learning

Too many adults stop learning once they enter the workforce.

They think they’ve done their studies and it’s time to make money.

But education is a lifelong task.   read-2007118_1920

It’s where we get our ideas from and how we learn to make better investments.

Reading about what other successful people have done before us, and learning from their experiences, is vital.

To stop doing this is to stop growing.

Business is also a complicated field, and goal posts are constantly changing.

The residential property market, for example, is subject to certain trends, as well as government policy, and it’s always important to keep on top of these issues.

And furthermore, let’s not forget the joy of learning for learning’s sake.

It’s one of life’s great pleasures.

5. Giving back

Some people call this “cultivating gratitude”, but I’m a bit of a straight talker, so let’s just call it giving back.

Why is giving back important? 

Because it keeps you humble and it acknowledges your good fortune.

Sure, it’s a fortune you built, but you were lucky enough to be born into a country that allowed you to pursue your dreams.

Giving back also acknowledges the many people who have helped you along the way.  Charity Donate Help Saving Sharing Support Volunteer Concept

It could be a supportive partner or a team at work.

Either way, success is rarely down to just one person’s hard work alone.

Giving back can be done in many forms.

You can do it directly by offering to volunteer in your industry or you could mentor a younger person who needs a bit of guidance.

If you focus on these five investments, your life will be much more rounded as a result.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying you should neglect financial investments, I’m just arguing that we also need to factor in life investments.

Because they really do go hand in hand if you ask me.


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