To make 2011 your best year ever and to build a solid foundation for the future, start investing today in your most valuable asset – yourself. Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS Magazine, reports that every dollar invested in your personal development adds $30 to your bottom line over your lifetime. What other investment pays such high dividends?
When he was just 18 years old, Hardy started investing 10 percent of his income into personal development, including training programs, books, seminars, and audios. “You tithe 10 percent of your income for other people’s benefit,” he says. “You also need to set aside 10 percent for your own personal benefit.” One result of his extensive personal development program was that Hardy became a self-made millionaire by age 27. He has mentored and trained thousands of other successful entrepreneurs over years.
Making the commitment to invest in yourself will give you an advantage over everyone else, because so few people are doing it. However, top CEOs and superstar athletes recognize the value of personal development, and they are willing to invest their money in high-priced coaches and expensive training programs. They allocate a percentage of their income to personal development because they know it’s the best possible investment they can make in their future.
If you own or manage a business, create a personal development program for your employees. As they grow and develop, your business will grow along with them.
Zig Ziglar once said, “People say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” The same is true for personal development. It has to be an ongoing process, not something you do once and then forget about it. Every month, and preferably every day, you should be doing something to improve yourself, whether it’s reading from a positive, inspirational book, taking a continuing education class, or listening to an informative audio.
Resolve today to make 2011 your best year ever by investing in yourself.