I am an info product and book junkie. If I see a course that would be beneficial to me and it falls within my budget, I buy. I have a strong love for learning and constantly seek self-improvement for my personal and work life.
Some people question whether these are necessary expenditures or just frivolous ways for me to entertain myself.
I think these are absolutely necessary expenditures. A lot of the courses I buy into are the result of a certain person’s trials and tribulations. That is something you aren’t going to learn straight out of a textbook.
Investing in yourself is top priority for me and should be for you too. Here’s why.
You Don’t Have Time to Learn Everything
As I mentioned, a lot of the info products that I buy are from a certain person’s experiences. These experiences include failure and success alike. Now, I love to experiment and learn things firsthand but quite frankly I just don’t have the time.
Is it better to commit hours to a certain area, repeatedly failing until the light bulb moment occurs?
I don’t think so.
There are times where I’d much rather take advice from an “expert” and start off on a good foot right off the bat.
Like Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”
Learning Doesn’t Stop After College
If you are a successful college graduate or a near graduate I applaud you. You have already soaked up a ton of useful knowledge, but it shouldn’t stop there.
Aside from learning from your real life experiences, you have to keep up with new information on your chosen career or area of interest.
The rules change often. What worked for you last year may be outdated this year. In fact, information can become outdated in a matter of weeks.
You have to stay up to date on current events and information in your field if you want to be at the top of the pack.
This doesn’t mean you need to spend a boatload of money on books and courses either. Finding a mentor may be a better idea for you.
Someone more experienced in your field can provide you a plethora of valuable information that you won’t find anywhere else. It's just essential that you keep learning after college.
You Might Discover a New Passion
For me, learning about one subject leads to the interest in a related subject and so on.
For example, about three years ago I got into the idea of blogging. There were so many elements that I had to learn and it took me quite some time to do this.
So, I bought a few books, enrolled in a couple courses, and got to learning.
Once I had blogging down I became interested in niche sites and SEO (search engine optimization) practices. That led me to reading blogs on the subject of becoming a better and faster writer.
These blogs would often make references to authors who were making a living writing blog posts and articles on the internet. The idea of becoming a freelance writer began to interest me.
I started soaking up information on how to get started with a writing career, how to market my services, and how to hold on to this as a full-time career.
I read up on all the popular freelance writing blogs, books, and took a couple of courses on the subject.
As a result I found my passion. I truly love writing and just a year ago I would have never had the guts to pursue this or to market myself.
Thanks to all the books I read and the courses I bought I have more than paid by myself back. I have learned the necessary steps to pursue what I love. And, sooner than later, writing will be my full-time job.
Never Stop Investing in Yourself
Just like you invest money in the stock market, invest in yourself and watch your knowledge and confidence grow — bringing you amazing returns.
Being an info junkie is just one way to invest in yourself though. You should always be looking for ways to feel good about yourself and bring passion and happiness into your life. This often comes with pursuing a career that you enjoy.
And, no this does not require you to break the bank. I think you’d be quite surprised at the information you could learn from a couple of fifty-dollar courses or ten-dollar books.
If you’re anything like me these small investments will pay you back plus much, much more.
In what ways do you invest in yourself?