The ONE word that I didn’t really know the definition of until now.

Have you ever watched a dog chase its tail?  Come on, yes you have.  We all have. I did this for many years.  I felt like I was working hard and doing exactly what I was supposed to do. But I wasn’t accomplishing much.  Your definition of accomplishment and my definition of accomplishment can have two totally different meanings.  So you need to decide for yourself what your definition is.

Get up, take care of my family, work hard, make money, save for retirement. All of the things you are supposed to do in life.

Then I was introduced to the word “Investment”.  Now I am not stupid, I had heard the word investment before.  However, the word investment to me was a word that rich people used, not people like me.  Not people who were in my situation.  I was just a guy who worked hard.  Investment meant money, dollars to me. I assumed you had to have the money to invest.

That is what investment meant. “Money”.  If you look up the word “invest” or “investment” in the dictionary it says to allocate money into something that will provide a return at a later date.  I’ll let you look up for yourself.

Then what happened to me was I learned the real definition of the word “investment”.  I learned that money wasn’t the only resource that could be invested. Nope, I learned that if I wanted to have more money I first had to learn how to invest other resources and those investments would lead me down the path to money investments.

What I learned is that I could use the definition of “invest” and input other words instead of money into the definition.

For example: Instead of investing money with the expectation of seeing a profit.  I could invest my time in to something with the expectation of seeing a profit.

Then I learned that if I invested enough time into certain activities and actions that I could see a return, a profit, from those actions.  Actions such as investing more time in to my personal development, my continued education, my relationships, my health, my family, myself.

Once I started investing my time, efforts, and actions into the right activities, I realized that investing is the word I should have been using all along. Instead of saying I am just working at this place or another place.  I started saying I am investing my time and skills at this place until I get promoted or a better offer.  Instead of saying I have to attend this training seminar.  I started saying I am investing my day into this seminar.

When we start using the word “invest”, instead of spending, using, attending, applying, working, etc. It changes our mindset to say, “I am doing this now, to get a return in the future on this investment of my time or other resource.”

Now instead of chasing my own tail around and around, I have now discovered that when I invest my time, my skills, and ultimately my money in to the right things I can get a return that is greater than the original investment that I allocated.

Are you investing or spending?

To your success and your future.

The iPhone is on version 5, which version of you are you on?

I believe the iPhone is currently on version 5, Microsoft Windows is on “Windows 8”, and I just upgraded my MAC Book Operating System to “OS X .”  Why are they constantly updating these things?  It requires consumers to buy it if we desire the latest and greatest?  And how many of us purchase the upgrades?  If we don’t, we won’t have the newest technology, or the fastest speeds, or the newest features and we all agree that this will just not work.

Just like Apple and Microsoft all companies must update their products for them to stay relevant.  Look around to your left and to your right, how many Blackberry’s do you see?  Probably not any, Blackberry didn’t update their product and thought that their customer loyalty was so strong that they didn’t need to, and when they finally did make a decision to make changes it was too late. The market had moved on to the other products.

You are no different from these companies.  We as Human beings should constantly be seeking to improve our own product which is ourselves and don’t wait too long to do this.  I, like most people did whatever one else did.  I graduated high school, went to work, decided that wasn’t going to work, so I decided to go to college and get a two-year degree, then I decided that it wasn’t enough to get me where I wanted to be, and then went on to get further formal education.  After completing my formal education I was introduced to self-development, and that is what changed my life and career forever more.

During my first 6 years in the marketplace I did better than average, but when I got turned on to self-development and self-education, I doubled everything in those next 6 years.  Sure experience and circumstances helped, but I give all the credit to investing in my most appreciable asset, which is my own self-education.

Seems like iPhone gets upgraded about every 1-2 years.  Which works for iPhone, because they are one of the most successful companies in the USA and the world.  I think we should be investing in our own product (ourselves) everyday.  When is the last time you had an upgrade?  Are you running the best version of you?  One my mentors says and I also believe it is in the bible (don’t quote me on the bible acknowledgment), but we should all earn everything we can, save all we can, and give all we can, and the only way we can do this, is to be all we can.  To be all you can, you must constantly upgrade your skills, your knowledge, and invest in yourself, don’t become a Blackberry.