5 Surefire Ways to Invest in Yourself

Invest in yourself
Tonya Papanikolov

Most of what we refer to as investment is financial. It's basically the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear 'Investment'. You can't blame me,  can you? Riding against the tide is thinking otherwise and that's what I want us to do today.  How can you invest in yourself?

1. Take extra courses

An extra course to boost your confidence in your chosen field is not bad. There is always a short term course to take online,  offline. I will be putting together a post for bloggers about what courses they can take to build confidence in this career. There are also some general courses you can take,  these have little to do with specific careers.  Examples are public speaking and management courses.

2. Attend seminars,  conferences and symposiums

Some people  claim that seminars are pretty boring. I slept through some of the seminars I had to attend during my NYSC in-camp training.  Some of them were boring as hell. Humph! When we ask some people to go and learn how to speak publicly,  they won't until they come to disgrace themselves in public and make their audience miserable. Hehehe... This aside, seminars and conferences are beneficial. There will always be more than a speaker so grab the opportunity to gain immensely from the lively facilitator.

3. Read

I cannot stress this enough.  Reading is one of the best ways to invest in yourself,  sharpen your IQ and become versatile. In reading you gain experience from people who have been where you can't be at the time,  from people who are wiser than you are at the time. Men say they are impressed by women who read a lot. There is some sort of assurance that he isn't mingling with a moron.

4. Watch documentaries and movies

Documentaries expose you to things you can never experience personally.  I have an idea of some  customs and cultures even without having to be in these countries. I also watch movies a lot.  I don't know if I am a freak because I haven't had enough time to do that since I started my masters program. Freaks create time! So get on with some movies and documentaries.  You'll be surprised at how much you get to learn from watching  movie characters display personalities and true life experiences.  I learned how to fold my clothes properly in Big Bang Theory. Remember Sheldon? He taught me that.

5. Learn a skill

Skills are fast becoming life savers for some people. Some of the older women I have as friends didn't know they would feed off a skill they learned a long time ago. I know of a fashion journalist who studied Law in the University. She picked interest in fashion,  sharpened up the inherent skill and today,  she practices fashion journalism as a career. Skills will help you be the best version of yourself.

How else have you invested in yourself?

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