The best investment you will ever make is not in a startup, stock, or mutual fund. No, you will get the best returns by investing in your inner wealth. Self improvement guarantees that the returns on this investment will last the rest of your life. So when you think about investing, think first about those investments that are closest to home. Everything else will follow from there.
Dr. Wayne Dyer, a well-known inspirational speaker, once said that people are a lot like oranges. When you squeeze an orange, what comes out? It isn’t cherry, apple, or grapefruit juice. No matter how hard you squeeze it all that comes out is orange juice, because that’s all there is inside.
Extending the metaphor, Dyer asked what comes out of you when you’re squeezed? When someone puts pressure on you by gossiping? Your spouse says mean things, or your best friend betrays you? Is it sadness? Bitterness? Resentment? Anger? Or is it calm, kindness, and compassion? Whatever is inside of you is all that comes out. Wouldn’t you prefer that to be pure, nourishing juice and not some toxic concoction?
When you have your inner world together, you are ready for whatever pressure the world puts on you. But how do we fill ourselves with positivity and good things? How do we make sure that when we’re squeezed, it is only good, constructive things that will come out?
I’ve put together a great list of where to start to begin your journey of self improvement. These are the seven categories that I’ve found most fruitful to focus on when investing in the self.