Bob Denny: Investing in yourself


Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.

Times are still hard, and most of us aren’t “rich.” But here’s an investment tip we all can use: Invest in yourself!

Gold has gone up and down, from the $300s to well over $1,000 in recent times. Real estate has jumped around too. But all these don’t mean a lot if the value of the American dollar continues to drop. For the most part, they just follow the rate of inflation. Isn’t there a better way to invest in your money, your time, your life? You bet there is! How about investing in yourself? Let’s take a closer look at what you can do.

What are your strengths, abilities, skills, interests, and potentials? What are your goals, dreams, and desires? What are you good at? What do you really like to do? These questions can help you recognize your best opportunities. It doesn’t really matter what your current health or fitness is, your abilities or disabilities. Everyone can do more than he or she thinks they can. Science has never found the limits to what a human being is capable of. Why not invest your time, energy, and effort to develop your best resource — yourself?

Invest in your education: Take a class. Get training. Read, on your own. Experts say that reading is one of the best ways to improve your skills, knowledge, and understanding. Our country, and our world, needs informed citizens, who vote and help build an even better America. Educated judgment can help us make better decisions about our lives, in areas like health, technology, current events, and careers!

Invest in your career: The word “career” can mean “doing something to contribute to mankind.” It means producing something valuable, or performing a needed service. Take some time to find the right job or career that suits your economic needs and your lifestyle, allows you to pursue your dreams, and make the most of your knowledge, interests, and skills.

Invest in your health: You can’t be at your best without good health. Take a look at your diet and fitness activities. It may be time to make some changes. In your best health, you will be stronger to meet challenges and hardships, and to adapt to today’s changing world. I think that there’s no substitute for a healthy, balanced diet and regular physical activities. Don’t like exercise much? Physical trainers tell us that it isn’t necessary to strain or feel pain. Walking is great. It’s easy, free, and you can fit it into most of your days. Choose physical activities you enjoy, like sports, swimming, biking, dancing or golf.

Make a psychological investment. Take breaks during the day. Relax, meditate, pray, take a walk, and socialize with friends. Take breaks. They’re good for your attitude, blood pressure, and for reducing reducing tension, stress, and frustration.

Can you ever go wrong by investing in the most valuable resource in the world: yourself?

Bob Denny is a Florida licensed mental health therapist, with a career of counseling with troubled youth and families.He currently teaches psychology at Florida Gateway College.

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