TheWanderer wrote:I like the idea of investing in myself, seems like a good philosophy. The problem is figuring out what to spend time on, what to work on. I do a few things but nothing I can see will improve my financial prospects significantly.
Morgu wrote:We all have finite time on this earth. Investing in yourself is something you can spend as much, or as little, as you wish. Money is our time on this earth, having taken a physical form. Nothing more.
A person is made of three parts (according to the Greeks): Body, Mind, Spirit. Investing in yourself should fall under one of
those three. For example: if you wish to improve your body, invest in yourself by learning a martial art. Not only will you
be in better shape, but you will be a better fighter than most. Self preservation is a vital part of humanity after all.
If you wish to improve your mind, read some philosophy. Plato, Aristotle have written works of a timeless nature. Read some of the classics, The Art of War is always worth the read. Meditation is a skill that works all of the three (body, mind, spirit), and is low cost to learn and practice.
If you wish to improve on your spirit, read some books on religious philosophy. Can be from either your own, or another
religion. Even better: read Buddhist philosophy, then visit a Buddhist shrine, discuss Buddhism with Buddhists, etc. You might even make new friends, which is always good.
Money is used to improve yourself. You don't improve your money. This is what is meant by "invest in yourself".
WeeZul wrote:Bumping this one with a thumbs-up. Study, even if it doesn't bring you profit now, is never a waste of one's time.
I consider a similar course frequently these days. I have enough saved to make a down payment on a small house...if I were someplace other than California. It's not doing anything for me though.
I have a Roth IRA, a (piddly, non-matched) 401K through work, and a student loan. I'm sure there's a thing or two I could do with my money...just not sure what.
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