Enough of the conventional investment bonds, shares, equity, trades, stock index, liquidity preferences. Open the window and let it out of the window. I'm going to discuss the personal investments, which means investment on yourself, your growth. The time based investment every entrepreneur should make. There won't be any fixed ROR but in time you will see everlasting gain which will exceed those in the markets. I'm going to put this straight on the desk, no beating around the bush. It's fantastic to work 16 hours a day per week, and cutting on the breaks. But think about it going on for weeks, months, years; it becomes absolutely difficult to predict how healthy or unhealthy this can be. Not to forget the physical and mental exertion.
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."
- Benjamin Franklin
Lesson 1. "Learn to meditate"
It means to slow down the brain activity, be it sitting and relaxing to the soothing music. Listening to Binaural Beats is said to soothe and relaxes your mind. It helps induce relaxation, meditation, creativity and other desirable mental states. Do whatever you feel to leave you refreshed, focused and feeling charged up. Amidst the hustle and bustle of our daily life, it is very important to sit back and relax. How I wish I had a restart button!
Lesson 2. "Learn to sleep"
If you're smart enough, you know what I mean. You must get the prescribed amount of sleep to be a better and an efficient person. Lesser the sleep, lesser the productive and more the agitated you are. Across the 24-hour long day, you somehow need to figure that part to get at least 7 hours of sleep. According to leading studies, our coginitive abilities are impaired throughout the day if we sleep for insufficient hours. In other words, you need not make n number of visits to the coffee machine to get that extra cup hoping that at least this cup will surely wake the bejesus out of you.
Lesson 3. "Learn more from an online course"
There's nothing as refreshing as taking a new online course, although with your busy schedule it's highly unlikely that you would. But remember, the main motive here is to keep yourself in touch with latest technology, marketing, social, art, cultural trends. Sometimes new perspectives need a new inspiration and sometimes new inspirations need new places to emerge from. Invest your time in an online course. It's more fulfilling once you complete the course as well.
Lesson 4. "Finding the One"
This is the toughest of 'em all. Finding the One aka a Mentor can be one strenous investment especially when you seek guidance. It's most likely going to take days and days, maybe months or years, (I'm still finding mine) finding someone who has walked your path and has spent a resonable amount of time doing what you are doing now. This allows you to make much wiser decisions.
Lesson 5. "Stay on your toes and exercise"
My all time favorite! Now, once you get enough sleep, its important to get the blood flowing to your mind. Once the blood reaches the mind, your mind becomes active and is able to think clear, focus better, grasp higher. Invest in your physical health as well. Everyday. After all you need new ideas to flourish your work and what better way than getting your heart and mind pumped. I'm not saying go extreme exercises. There's a slight difference.
You don't have to be great to start but you have to start to be great. So start now and see the difference.