The #1 thing he recommends: Invest At Least 10% of Your Income In Yourself. Here's what he says:
"When it comes to self-improvement, investing 10% of your income on yourself will yield a 100X or more return on that investment. For every dollar you spend on your education, skills, and relationships, you’ll get at least 100 dollars back in returns."
This was my mindset when I paid the $2,000 (out of my own pocket) to take the Dale Carnegie Course in the fall of 2017. Not only was it one of the best investments I've ever made in my own personal and professional development, but once I graduated from the course in October 2017, I became a graduate assistant and coach for the course for two straight semesters in 2018. I am confident that, by the end of the year, I will have completed the intensive certification process to become a Certified Dale Carnegie Trainer, where I will then get paid to teach the course myself (hence, earning a continuous return on my initial investment).
Becoming a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer have yielded similar returns, as I have been teaching yoga regularly since December 2016, and recently became a Bootcamp Coach for Gold's Gym!
I've recently been dabbling in Improvisational Comedy, and, as of this writing, tonight the Improv group that I've been training with since last fall will give our Level 2 Improv graduation performance at the DC Improv Comedy Club. Then, this weekend, I will take a six to eight-week course in stand-up comedy at the DC Improv.
That said, as I read the above quote from Benjamin Hardy, I knew in my heart of hearts that now was the time to invest in speaker and trainer Craig Valentine's World Class Speaking Coach Certification Program. Among his many accolades and accomplishments, Craig won the 1999 Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking (another goal of mine). I had been wanted to invest in his certification program for two years. I made a decision that this would be the year I did it, and this morning I made a down payment to save my spot in the course (which fills up fast).
I've given myself five years to transition from my current 9-to-5 job to becoming a full-time professional speaker, trainer and coach. I am confident that, given all of the time and money I invest in my own personal and professional development, I am well on my way to achieving that goal.
QUESTION: How are you investing in yourself? Let me know.