As I did my favorite Sunday morning magazine reading, I read an article about a very young journalist who managed to work for Wall Street Journal and another about a Greek fashion designer who managed to have Michelle Obama and Melania Trump wear her iconic clothes. They both had very good connections and a powerful background, of course, but this isn’t always the case.
If you take a look at your favorite role models, like successful entrepreneurs, famous designers, even bloggers and journalists, what do they all have in common? Connections? No, not all of them. Wealthy backgrounds to help them kickstart their careers? Some of them sure, but not all. What successful ladies (and men, for that matter) have in common is that no matter how high or low they set off, they invest in themselves in order to be able to be more productive, creative and effective.
Here are 4 things you can do to start investing in yourself in order to be more successful in your career or hobby!
- Never stop learning: e-courses, seminars, workshops, webinars, even reading diverse articles online or in print, there is always room for improving your knowledge, your arguments, your results. Knowledge and expertise are invaluable investments.
- Treat your body and soul in the best way possible: Don’t forget that your human body is the instrument that will strive to accomplish all your goals so make sure you take good care of it. Eat healthy, enrol in a yoga or gym class, buy beautiful relaxing linen if it helps you sleep more, love yourself and show love and empathy to others.
- Network: It’s always fun to make new acquaintances and learn about people’s interesting jobs, hobbies or adventures and you never know how these connections might help you one day. They might inspire you, they might provide a lesson learnt the hard way or even collaborate with you so be open and socialize more!
- Take a step back and evaluate your progress. Have you set your goals? Have you defined clear steps towards them? What have you achieved so far and what can you change? Blind progress will eventually hit a dead-end, you have to know when to turn and how to bend in order to meet your goals.
What do you think? What are some other investments you could make for yourself to become stronger, calmer, more successful?
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