How to Invest In Yourself Without Dumb Quotes

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Thousands if not millions of entrepreneurs attempt the same idea every year.

Often times get lost in the clutter of advice by overwhelming quotes. Not that they’ve failed but it has become easier to leave the confusion behind and get back into our comfort-zones.

One thing common among quotes, although often are helpful when shared, does not come with actionable advice.  If someone said “Invest In Yourself” our followup questions has usually been “how to begin” & “what should we be doing” to achieve our goals. The idea of quotes merely assist us in our pursuit by encouraging inspiration and motivation, but what are quotables if not actionable? So amongst our cluttered lives I hope you find this uncluttered guide, created by rummaging through countless professional advice to create order out of the disorder that will hopefully be used in your path.

Investing in Yourself

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Skills, Knowledge & Interest: Every single person has a set of unique interest that developed into skills and knowledge according to Trent Hamm. These people tend to share skills and knowledge amongst a common ground of friends, co-workers and other associates. That untapped skill has been many often far larger than people have realized. Encompassing things like driving a car, organizing your time, and so on, and also including highly technical skills should be used to help you find a good-paying job that you really enjoy or skill that will allow you to work for yourself.

Those skills are a resource that should be profited by yourself. They’re like tools that you have inside of you that you can use to build amazing things – a new career as a musician, artist, therapist, business, or something else entirely. How do you find the time?

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Making Your Time For Yourself: According to the “Marketing Nerds” duo, nothing might be more difficult than wanting to start something outside of your normal 9-to-5 job while juggling your side hustle. But what if you can turn you side hustle into your own 9-to-5. Although money is necessary you must first FIND THE TIME. Think about the things you can do if you replaced much of your “entertainment” time with devotion to creating what you wanted.  Entertainment isn’t a bad thing but what if you wrote your executive summary, did a blog post, write your raps, research and develop an idea, sketch out artwork or even made a few calls while you were watching your favorite reality TV series that led to working in the field of choice rather than the field they choose for you.

You have to spend the money and it’s really hard to change that mentality from a comfort-zone to boot-strapping.

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Find The Money: A majority of successful business people did not create their wealth by spending millions on their business or by loans. They funded their skills & talents by simply using the Brian Tracy’s 3% Rule. The professional speaker, author, and socialite Brian Tracy created a business as a motivational professional out of his ability to be a socialite.  Through research he gathered and published some of today’s top tier advice. One of those advice was his 3% Rule. He urged his followers to invest 3% of their earnings back into themselves.  That is using 3% of your existing paycheck can be used to attend workshops, studio time, build a website or buy tools to create art with etc. Besides that, what best way to show your worth to potential investors by investing your own money in your own idea. That shows confidence in your idea, product, skills and knowledge.

Tracy says, “Here is a rule that will guarantee your success—and possibly make you rich: Invest 3% of your income back into yourself.” It is acceptable to invest more than 3% in yourself when possible, but for individuals who have never pursued this concept, aim for 3% and nothing less. By doing so you not only invest in yourself, you invest in your passion. Acquiring the knowledge within the industry?

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Learn Your Industry: Many times as an outsider all we have is an idea or a skill we’ll like to be better at, but there is much to do in the ground work. Many times we know nothing about the industry we just created a startup in, but good for us we’ve already launched a startup.  As part of our business we must learn the social skills to network amongst our new peers that can assist in our journey and people which we can help.  Nina Zipkin for Entrepreneur.com laid out a plan that begins with…

  • Vision & Persistence (that through constant research methods this will provide a continued learning curve that teaches us the tools like social media or software, vocabulary and techniques etc. used amongst our new peers and competitors)
  • Timeline (what you must do to achieve and the physical & technical work included to do so along with your social network)

Ultimately you want to create a disruption. Steve Jobs disrupted the technology industry or Young Thug disrupting the Hip-hop industry with a new style of rap all while Hip-hop being used to disrupt various other industry in marketing and arts. Not comparing them to each other, but they both used their knowledge and skills (some might say lack off) to disrupt and create an alternative competitive product.

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