15 Ways to Invest in Yourself
There are tons of ways to invest in yourself. In fact, investing in yourself is the best thing you can do. Consider making these investments into yourself if you want to be the most powerful man you can be.
1. Start a business
Starting a business is one of the best ways to invest in yourself. Becoming an entrepreneur is hard as hell. And it’s going to take 2-5 years of intense grinding before you can breathe a little bit. That’s even more true if you have a wage slave job and are doing the business part time.
But starting a business simply has too many benefits not to do. When you start + own your own business, you take full control of your life. We live in an economic world. Business ownership means you control the flow of your income. You can build wealth, work to become rich, or just make enough to live the lifestyle you desire.
Nevertheless, the freedom business ownership gives you makes it one of the best ways to invest in yourself.
Sacrifice a few tough years of grinding in order to get a huge return. That return is in the form of money, freedom, and fulfillment.
2. Learn a new skill relevant to your business
While you can start whatever kind of business you like, I recommend starting a service based business. You can always add products or start another product based business later.
Service based businesses are much lower cost and have a higher likelihood of succeeding.
And besides starting a business, another one of the ways to invest in yourself is to learn skills. Specifically learning a skill that will help you in your business. That may be how to sell, how to market and do ads, how to do SEO, or even specific to the actual job you’re doing. For example, if you’re doing landscaping then maybe you learn a specific skill related to a niche market / need within landscaping. Maybe you do rocks or plants by pools for rich people better than anyone else.
Or if you’re a personal trainer you learn something specific like how to help people in a certain demographic lose weight, eat better, etc.
Maybe you’re already skilled in what you’re doing and need to learn how to handle objections, close deals, or create a website.
There’s always new skills that will enhance your ability to run your business better. Pick something and spend a few extra hours each work getting better at it.
3. Pick up a new hobby, like dancing
Learning is always one of the best ways to invest in yourself. A new skill for your business as just discussed is a great way to get started.
When you’re not just starting your business and have extra time, like before or after, picking up a new hobby can be one of the best ways to invest in yourself.
If you’re a man who likes to date hot women, I suggest learn how to dance. Specifically salsa and bachata. It’s fun and will help you tremendously in your dating life. You’ll be able to meet women from dancing once you get good. But you can still meet them even when you suck at the dance classes.
Dancing is great because you can do it with or without drinking, and with or without friends. It’s tough to go to a bar or especially a nightclub alone and do well. You need a lot of confidence or a lot of alcohol to pull that off. Plus it just kinda sucks. But when you gout dancing, going alone is fine. You’re there to dance and so is everyone else.
And even with girls you don’t dance with, knowing how to dance still helps. For starters, a picture of you dancing is amazing for tinder matches and girls opening you. Women who know your friends or meet you through your social circle will hear that you’re a dancer and automatically assume you’re good at sex and you’re smooth, even if that’s not always true.
To top it off, learning how to actually dance is just fun. And it’s so much easier than having to learn pick up lines or memorize scripts. You won’t need to talk much to build a connection with an attractive girl when you know how to dance.
4. Get good at sex
Unfortunately, many guys are either lazy in bed or just don’t know what they don’t know.
If you’re bad at sex, or you’re “okay”, then you’re not that good. With girls you’re either amazing or forgotten about. Luckily that most guys suck, so if you can learn how to fuck a woman the right way, then you’ll have girls who will chase you down for sex. It will make getting regular sex much easier.
And it’s not too hard to become a sex master. It takes some time sure. But it’s time well spent, and it’s one of the best ways to invest in yourself. Because by becoming a beast in the bedroom, you’re making an investment in your love life. Whether you want a loyal girlfriend or tons of casual sex partners, you need to invest in getting good at sex.
5. Wake up early everyday
Waking up early every day is absolutely essential for any man trying to crush it in life. You’re simply so much more productive when you wake up early. You’ll get ahead on your business and be able to attack the day.
This is a habit and it’s also an investment. Because you’re investing your energy in getting up versus sleeping in. Which means you’re either going to bed early (recommended) most nights, and getting by on a little less sleep on nights you go out.
Wake up at 6am everyday. If you can do 5am that’s even better.
6. Plan out your next 5 years
One of the best ways to invest in yourself is to give yourself your direction. Believe it or not, it’s close to impossible to go somewhere if you don’t have a plan.
Sure, some of the specifics will change. But you should try to map out your life. Then you can reverse engineer how to get to where you want to be.
Creating a five year plan is a good start. This is big enough in the future to give you some space to think big, yet close enough to where it still feels real.
7. Visualize your success
Creating a 5 year plan is a good start. This will be the goal for the 5 years and then have general steps in order to get there.
But if you really want to make one of the best investments in yourself, you need to go further. And you do that by visualizing your success.
Every night before you go to sleep, imagine what’s it like when you’ve reached your goal. Imagine having that 6-figure business. See yourself waking up in the house you bought (in cash), in the location that’s ideal to you. Or the high rise apartment that you rent. Visualize the money in the account you want. Think about having a high quality girlfriend in your life. Or see yourself as Dan Bilzerian.
You can have whatever you want. But you need to see it in your head first. And you need to feel the positive emotions that you’ll get from it in the present.
8. Eliminate toxic people from your life
You can’t do great things with negative people. One of the best ways to invest in yourself is to remove all toxic people from your life.
For some of you, that means getting rid of a friend or two. Many of you will need to get rid of all of your friends, your girlfriend, or even remove yourself from a family situation.
I can’t make the specific recommendations for you. But you know whose toxic in your life. The people who try to bring you down. You know who they are. Eliminate them from your life. Because you can’t achieve greatness with energy vampires always shooting you down.
9. Create positive affirmations and say them everyday
For the same reason visualization is powerful, so are affirmations. Create a list of positive affirmations.
These can be about your future business and where it’s going. There can also be positive affirmations about where you are right now as a man. Saying these affirmations at the beginning of each day will give you an incredible amount of energy and focus.
You’ll feel amazing about yourself. And there’s not many better ways to invest in yourself than to make yourself feel better while training your brain for extreme success.
10. Practice gratitude
Something I should talk about more is the power of gratitude. Positive affirmations give you a powerful feeling of excitement about the future.
Practicing gratitude helps you to remember how far you’ve come and helps to keep your ego in check. You’ll feel like you’re taking a potent drug when you can practice gratitude effectively every single day. I usually say what I’m grateful for after or before my positive affirmations, as they go well with each other.
Exercise in the morning
Exercising is one of the best investments in yourself you can possibly make. And while it’s good to do it no matter what, the morning is the best time.
You’ll get your metabolism going for the rest of the day. Mentally you’ll feel productive as fuck because you’ve already accomplished something. And of course physically you’ll feel good and look great.
I typically lift weights 2-3 times a week and will do this in the morning.
11. Take up a real martial art for self-defense
And another 2-3 times a week I’ll do Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Speaking of which, martial arts is something I think every man should take up at some point.
You don’t need to become an expert. And you won’t have time to if you’re focused on your purpose. But the value it adds to your life makes it one of the best ways to invest in yourself hands down.
For one, it’s just another good way to workout and stay in shape. But with martial arts, especially really ones like bjj, boxing, wrestling, muay thai, or judo, you’re learning how to fight. You’ll be able to defend yourself and people you care about from 90% of attackers.
And just the fact that you have the confidence to fight will deter most threats. Plus it just feels good knowing you can defend your girl, your mom, your kids, or whoever else who you’d want to defend in a bad situation.
12. Eat healthy
I’ve struggled with this one myself, but have finally started to eat healthier in the past year. Even though I have abs and look great naked, I wasn’t always eating as healthy as I could.
And it’s so important. Your health is huge. A big part of that is working out, but your diet is just as important.
Because food is fuel. You literally become what you eat. Eating well will cause you to feel much better, preform mental + physical tasks much better, not fatigue, and also live longer . Just by eating well you can avoid or greatly reduce the chance of getting many diseases and live life on a much higher level.
It’s not rocket science. Eat organic meat, veggies, and fruit.
13. Avoid debt at all costs
You can say avoiding debt isn’t technically an investment. Well fair enough. But one of the ways to invest in yourself in terms of future success is to avoid debt.
Because going into debt just means you made a bad investment. Whether it’s college debt, credit card debt, a mortgage you can’t afford, a car payment that’s too much, or whatever. It’s not a good idea. Avoid debt at all costs, under all circumstances.
Wait until you can buy things in cash. Don’t go in to debt for anything. You’ll thank me later. One of the worst feelings you can have is owing money to a bank. There’s a reason they give out loans. And that’s cause they plan to make a lot of money on the interest.
Avoid all of that pain and slavery by dodging debt no matter what.
14. Stack your cash
Once you have a few hundred grand in the bank you can think about real estate or stocks.
But until you have a freedom fund of at least 50-100k, you need to stack your cash. This freedom fund will prevent you from having to become a wage slave. And anything that can prevent you from wage slavery is one of the best investments in yourself you can make.
Sure, you’ll lose 3% to inflation. But you can lose a lot in the market. Having your money tied up across different assets can cause a lot of problems when you’re fired from your job or you need extra money to advertise your business.
Once your business is generating money and you maybe over 100k, then you can use leftover play money to invest in real estate, the stock market, and whatever else you fancy. But those are for rich people to maintain their wealth.
Right now the investments in yourself to make revolve around your freedom. Stack that cash and have it there in case you need it.
15. Travel to where you’ve always wanted to go
This last one is a little bit different from my usual advice. And it can seemingly contradict the one above about stacking cash and basically not spending money.
But if you have decent money coming in and are working on your business, don’t forget to have some fun.
Travel is one of the best ways to invest ion yourself. You get to see new parts of the world, make new connections with different people, experience a breadth of cultures, and open your eyes to this vast planet we live on.
Don’t blow all of your money on fancy vacations or do into debt to do it. Financial freedom should still be your #1 priority. But travel is one of best ways you can spend a little bit of money and get a huge return on your investment if you do it right.
Invest in yourself
You are your number one asset in life. After all, you came into this world alone and you’ll die alone.
Enjoy your time here, and make the most out of it by applying these ways to invest in yourself. You won’t regret any of the time you spend to better yourself and the value you can provide to the world around you.