At Midway Gentleman, we take personal development as our mission. That’s why we’ve created many articles that can improve your confidence or lifestyle or shows how to invest your money or time. Today we’ll talk about how you can invest in yourself.
However, today I want to talk about 25 ways you can invest in yourself that will pay off in the long run. Some of them will be self-explanatory, but I will try to make them as clear as possible with some additional comments.
1. Watch Educational Shows and Videos
One of the easiest ways to get better at something is to learn about it. Whether you are the type that can learn about something in written format or need some visuals, there are many ways you can educate yourself. For me, the easiest way to learn something new is to watch videos about the subject.
2. Learn New Knowledge Online
Nowadays, you can learn new knowledge in the comfort of your bed, and I am not only talking about how you can make the best cocktails at home – by the way, make sure to read those articles as well. I am talking about more complex skills you can use in the job market. I can’t count how many skills I’ve learned at home that I use for my job. Buy high-rated courses you are interested in, and get the job you want.
If you don’t know where to find quality courses, look up udemy.com or skillshare.com, or simply search on YouTube, there are dozens of quality free content on YouTube.
3. Read Books or eBooks
Towards the end of my high school years, I started reading personal development books – it was life changing. From that point, I began to widen my knowledge with books and courses. I realized that I can save a lot of time and money by choosing the right books and courses and starting to apply them in my life.
4. Stay in Touch with Family
Like any relationship, your family relationship can get damaged as well if you don’t take care of it. While the threshold is higher, don’t take it for granted. Always show gratitude and interest in your family. After all, they are the closest people to you.
5. Choose Your Friends Wisely
Your circle of friends says a lot about who you are and who you could become. If you spend your time with people who only waste their time and money, the chances you will do the same are high. On the other hand, if you spend with positive and inspiring people, they will motivate you to do more and achieve more in life.
6. Get Rid of Toxic Friends
Referring to the previous point, if there are people in your circle who are a bad influence on you – it doesn’t matter if they are old friends or not, get rid of them. If their life is not going in the right direction and they don’t want to change it, then it’s time to let them go.
7. Find a Mentor
Finding someone who is ahead of you in life will help you to achieve your goals way faster. Your mentor doesn’t have to do the same thing you want to. If you find this person, you can brainstorm your ideas together and find the best way to accomplish them.
8. Start The Business You’ve Always Wanted
I know you have a business idea in your head that you’ve been wanting to start for a long time. If you were looking for a sign or the right time to start – this is it! It’s time to put your vision into reality, don’t wait for the perfect timing. Start small and build up your way.
9. Start a New Hobby
I’ve already mentioned that you should learn new knowledge. Well, part of learning new knowledge can be a new hobby. Start a new hobby that will improve your life. It could be cooking, exercising, copywriting, or drawing.
10. Learn a Language
Nowadays, it is almost essential to learn an additional language in addition to your mother tongue, especially if your mother tongue is not English. When I learned to speak English, the world opened up to me. If it wasn’t for English, I wouldn’t be writing this post right now. A lot can change if you learn a new language.
11. Set Goals
Successful people set goals and achieve them. One of the easiest ways to achieve something big is to break it down into small tasks and goals and achieve them one by one. Goals are not only a great way to achieve things, but they can also improve your confidence.
12. Plan Your Day and Week
I always like to plan my days and weeks the day before it starts. This way, I can focus on my tasks better. If you do this the next day, you will waste a lot of time whil thinking about what to do instead of accomplishing pre-planned tasks.
13. Make a Plan for Your Life and Future
Successful people make plans not only for the weekends but for years ahead. Are you wondering how they can do that? They break down their goals into small actionable tasks and plans and slowly execute them.
If you are not exercising at the moment, it’s time to start it. If you are already exercising, make sure to keep it up. It’s one of the best ways to free up your mind and improve your body and confidence. The hardest part about any exercise is to do it consistently, even on bad days. But believe me, if you do it even on bad days, exercise will thank you through your body. You will feel confident about your shape, and you will be able to do tasks easily and more efficiently.
15. Drink Less Alcohol
It’s time to be a man and start drinking less alcohol. Getting tipsy every weekend could be all fun throughout college, but if you want to be successful in life, you have to start drinking with responsibility. Successful people drink only quality alcohol and the right amount.
16. Don’t Worry About Others Opinions
I mentioned it in a previous article about confidence, but since it is such an important thing, I wanted to include it again. If you want to be successful and confident in life, the first thing you need to start with is not to care about other people’s opinions.
17. Eat Healthier
There’s a famous quote – you are what you eat. And I couldn’t agree more with that. I don’t say you are a tomato just because you ate one. It means that if you regularly eat healthily, you will feel good about yourself. While if you are eating junk food, you will feel exhausted and unmotivated. You need the right nutrition to give your best performance.
18. Learn to Cook
It’s such an overlooked skill for men. However, learning how to cook is an essential skill that should be taught in all elementary schools. You can save a lot of money and impress a lot of people if you know how to cook. There’s no better way to impress your family than to cook them their favorite dish.
19. Stop Procrastinating
Procrastination is the devil of productivity. You have one life to live your best life. If you think that something can wait just because you have time, you are wasting your time. If a task you don’t want to do has time before the deadline, break it down into several steps. Successful completion of each step will give you a positive boost to complete the whole task. When you don’t have time, it’s time to focus on the task only and give in everything you got.
20. Manage Your Time Better
Learning how to manage your time is a crucial skill. When I wanted to improve my life, the first thing I learned was to manage my time better. If you waste your time on the 20th episode of your favorite TV show today and think you don’t have time to do the important tasks – you have a problem. List your tasks in order of importance and work through them one by one. Start with the hardest, and you’ll see you have plenty of time for everything.
21. Stick to a Routine
Sticking to a routine will make you more productive because you won’t need to worry about the small things and won’t need to plan them ahead. You will do it as a habit. However, you need to be careful because if you are doing something bad over and over again, you can develop an unhealthy routine. Make sure your daily routine is beneficial for your life and try to improve it slightly day by day.
22. Travel More
Freeing your mind when your plate is full is necessary for all of us. One of the easiest ways to free up your mind is to travel somewhere nice. If you’ve neglected a vacation for the past few years, make sure that you start planning your next vacation right after this post. It will help you refill with positivity and motivation. If you need some inspiration, check out our travel-related posts.
23. Save Your Money
Uncertain times come and go in life, so it’s better to have some cash that you can use whenever you need it. Especially these days when there is a bad economic impulse every month. Whether it’s a global pandemic, a war in Europe, or supply chain shortages.
24. Invest Your Money
If you followed the previous point and started to save up your money, now you need to learn what to do with it. It’s not a wise idea to put it under your pillow or hide it somewhere in your home. While keeping a few bucks of cash at home is not a wrong solution, you should keep most of your savings in the bank or invest in some assets.
I want to make a post about personal investments in the near future, but until then, make sure to search for ways to invest your money, even if you don’t have a lot of saved money. If you don’t start to invest your money, it will be worth less and less, thanks to inflation. However, what I can say is that one of the best investments you can make is to invest in yourself.
25. Challenge Yourself Daily
If you want to grow in life and become better, you have to constantly challenge yourself. Setting goals and challenging yourself will make you better. If you’re looking for a challenge, try five new things on this list, and I guarantee you’ll see results in the following year.
Extra – 26. Break Bad Habits
Bad habits are called bad for a reason. You have it. I have it. We all have it. To be honest, sometimes our bad habits form our character, but a wise last tip is to break as many of your bad habits as possible. We’ll always have a few, but if your life is all about bad- habits and decisions, you have to change them right away.
Finally, I hope I can help you with these tips and that you will start applying some of them in your life from now on.
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