I follow Warren Buffett, one of the greatest investors that have ever lived, for his quotes, thoughts, and his views on investments.

In an essay celebrating Forbes’ 100th anniversary, billionaire Warren Buffett insisted that self-investment “supersedes” all other investments. He revealed how he overcame his weakness of public speaking early in his career. He enrolled himself in a course to improve his skills. As his speaking skills improved, his confidence grew. 

According to Warren Buffett, improving your talent is an investment no one can take away from you. It is like an investment worth making.

Why is investing in self so powerful?

Investing in self sends a powerful message to self and the world that you are born to live, earn, and succeed. You will never get a better return on life than when you truly invest in yourself.

Self-investment means:

  • You believe in yourself;
  • You plan for your own personal and professional development;
  • You are engaged in a continuous, and mindful, lifelong learning strategy;
  • You have taken the time to identify what you don’t know instead of letting others tell you what they think you don’t know;
  • You pursue ideas, programs, and training that are a step or two or three beyond your current level of comprehension;
  • You make yourself travel on a path of self-discovery and self-worth;
  • You are willing to make investments in enhancing your abilities;
  • You are giving yourself honest feedback and work with others who will provide you with honest and direct feedback.

Invest as much as you can in self starting right now, and you will see returns beyond anything you could imagine. Investing in self means to invest in your future. Material things come and go, but your knowledge stays with you.

Here are some ways to help you make the most of your investment –

  • Set goals;
  • Cultivate positive habits and stick to them with a daily routine;
  • Invest in building your confidence;
  • Invest in learning, surround yourself with excellence;
  • Attend seminars, conferences, meetings, and workshops;
  • Choose to be happy and healthy;
  • Invest in a Mentor / Coach.

Invest in self for a happy and prosperous life – ABLES

Know your well-wishers

Energy is the very strength and vitality we all require to live a dynamic, driven, and determined life. 

The happy people have a high energy level, while unhappy have a low energy level. A healthy and happy person indeed is one filled with energy. It helps them to fulfill their dreams, pursue goals, and overcome obstacles. 

Have you ever had the experience of feeling bored, threatened, overwhelmed, or depressed after just a few moments in a particular person’s company? Or have you experienced the following symptoms of being:

  • Overwhelmed;
  • Stressed;
  • Physically ill ( headaches, body aches, etc.);
  • Mentally or physically exhausted;
  • Irritable;
  • Anxious.

If that describes a familiar experience, chances are you have been in the company of an emotionally immature individual (EII), who have the sense that the whole world revolves around them.

Some of the characteristics of emotionally immature individuals are:

  • They are almost incapable of seeing things from another person’s perspective;
  • They often lack empathy;
  • They are blamers;
  • They are judgemental;
  • They are melodramatic;
  • They are jealous;
  • They are the insecure ones, always in constant need of reassurance and acceptance;
  • They feed their ego(loves to dominate, debate, argue, and pick fights);
  • They cannot create or sustain their life force in any positive manner;
  • Always whining, complaining, and gossiping;
  • They perceive others as the solution to their problems;
  • They are takers rather than givers;
  • They have an exaggerated sense of self-importance and avoidance of life’s real issues.

These people can be your family, relatives, friends, clients, colleagues, neighbors, or even strangers. And they come in all types.

Most of the people who come to me for counseling are some way or others who are in contact with these emotionally immature individuals. Unknowingly, the counselee helped and supported the immature behavior of these people, which affected them adversely, leading to emotional and physical imbalance.

During counseling sessions, we try to identify these emotionally immature people in the life of the counselee and try different customized methods to deal with them.

Some of the methods one can use to deal with such emotionally immature people are:

  • Know your well-wishers;
  • Practice self-respect and self-reflect;
  • Surround yourself with positive, genuine, and caring people who inspire you to be your very best;
  • Practice Meditation;
  • Employ ‘Let Go’ attitude;
  • Limit your interaction with them, if possible;
  • Practice assertiveness;
  • Encourage EII to develop their strength rather than spoon-feeding them;
  • Talk to a Mentor / Counselor for guidance.

Everybody must learn and strive to nurture the energy within themselves. Our thoughts and emotions play a critical role in conserving and enhancing our energy resources.