Only assets create wealth according to The Wealth Chef, Ann Wilson, and I believe that YOU are an asset in a class of your own. How are you investing in you, even when you don’t feel like it?
I was tired, I had just come off a big project that had taken nine months to complete, from preparation, to pulling in the right partners, to getting bums in seats and selling the merchandise. I felt like an elastic band that had snapped: limp, exhausted and useless. Does this sound familiar?
The last thing I felt like doing was going to my monthly professional association meeting and I really did contemplate phoning at the last minute and cancelling. Add to that, the sky was getting blacker by the minute and a major storm was brewing. There were so many reasons I could use to justify not going.
Growing the asset called YOU
But, I pushed past the inertia and I went to my meeting because I believe that we are our most important asset.
It was good to be in the company of professionals who share the same space as me; my tribe who understand my industry with its unique opportunities and challenges.
And, as for the guest speaker, have you ever had an experience where you have felt that the message was designed just for you? What she said that night was just what I needed to hear. Sometimes it’s just one line!
The law of unintended consequences
The law of unintended consequences always comes into play when you invest in yourself by putting yourself out there. You don’t know what you don’t know, and sometimes you need a person to bring this to light and to life.
A few days later the presenter and I met one-on-one and explored our synergy. She mentored me on how to take an existing idea and put it on steroids, adding many zeroes to the equation. She connected me with influential people to turn my dream into a reality, and provided me with a production platform that met all my specifications and so much more.
And all this happened because I decided to commit to growing the asset called ME.I pushed through the inertia and got to that meeting, open to hearing what I had not heard before or felt I was ready to hear then. Have you ever heard the saying, “when the student is ready the teacher will appear?” Of course, you also need to raise your hand and ask.
If you have a clear goal and a purpose you will attract the solution.The result was that I created an income stream that enables me to keep growing my investment pot every month to create assets – wealth that goes to work for me.
How to create choice freedom
“If you are broke or don’t have money to invest, you don’t have a money problem, you have an identity problem,” says Max Moyo, world-renowned speaker and founder of Ignite My Potential. This harsh truth is significant. Why? Because anyone can use their money to buy possessions, but it takes identity, talent, and purpose to be successful and create choice freedom. Money needs leadership to give it direction.
We must buy into the mindset that we can generate sufficient funds for investing; money that works for you over time even if you start with a small amount every month, to create choice freedom for yourself for some of these reasons:
- So that you empower yourself with options and choices should you need to change direction in your life – I see so many people trapped because they have nothing but their monthly salary.
- So that you can pay your future-self one day when you are no longer working – we are living longer and longer.
- So that you can take a sabbatical for a few months to reinvent yourself to stay relevent for a changing world.
- So you can start up your own business venture.
- So that you have some liquidity in the face of disruption or loss, giving you choices.
Rewrite your money story by investing in yourself
It’s been drummed into us that we need to work for money, but most of us don’t understand how we can make money work for us. It’s time to change that.
If you haven’t already started creating investments for yourself to give you choice freedom, it’s never too late. I have proven this since becoming a widow at 50 who was not left much and had to start again.
It’s time to push past the inertia that stands in your way. By choosing to go to one meeting that I was resisting, I gave my primary asset – ME – focus and direction. What are you doing to give your assets leadership?
And don’t forget to continually invest in your skills and knowledge. You must take charge of your own learning journey today, from reading widely to upskilling with courses. Always be on the lookout for what’s next for you to raise your value in the marketplace.
You will always be your most important asset, an asset in a class all of its own. You empower your choice freedom.
Is there a choice or a decision you need to make to invest in you, to get you off the side-lines of your life and put you in the spotlight?