Invest in Yourself: Why I Spent $1617 on Personal Development Last Year
Todd Durkin Mastermind Group = $99 x 8 months = $792
New Media Expo (Price of just the conference) = $447.75
Business Gets Personal (Price of just the conference) = $199
Amazon Books = $178.56
Bettering Yourself = Priceless
In the past year I invested more than $1,600 in myself – attending conferences, reading books and joining a group of other ambitious individuals trying to make a difference, but why? After all, aren’t there plenty of free ways to better yourself? In short, yes, yes there are free ways of bettering yourself. Take your fitness for example. You can read free articles on the internet, join a Facebook group for free or participate in a weekly fitness meetup group. These options are great and you may never need anything else.
However, to get the best results, you might need more. This is exactly why I spent that kind of dinero on myself during the past year and why you may need to as well. Let’s start this discussion of personal development with the amazing portals into another human’s brain – books.
Books – Years of Knowledge in a Few Hundred Pages
It’s believed that the average American only reads one book per year. Whether this is true or not, based on my stellar intuition, it’s not far off. Regardless, that’s disheartening.
Think about this: To write a book, a person often spends hundreds, if not thousands of hours compiling years worth of knowledge into only a couple hundred pages which you can read in a few hours. In those few hours you’ll have consumed all of their hard work, ideas and methods – You can see why I find that books are extremely undervalued and would gladly pay more for them.
Personally, I’d choose actual physical books over ebooks, preferring to highlight, write notes and be able to actually feel the pages – call me old-fashioned if you like.
The downfall of books? They aren’t personalized to you. Do they still offer plenty of value? Yes. Not only can you learn new strategies, but you’ll also get new ideas for things you may want to do in your life. Also, I’ve found that consistently reading personal development books simply puts you in the proper mindset day in and day out, helping you overcome the dips in motivation you may have.
Conferences – Learn, Connect and Get Inspired…Sort Of
Unlike the millions of blogs on the internet, conferences allow you to have face to face interaction with other people where you can…oh I don’t know…actually talk to a person, learn from them and form a genuine connection.
Also, interacting with these people can give you a Shaquille O’neal sized boost in motivation, which will undoubtedly inspire you to do more with your life and possibly even develop the urge to like conquer the world or something à la Alexander the Great or Genghis Khan ( Yea, that’s some history for you, but hopefully your conquering of the world doesn’t involve killing millions of people…just saying).
Conferences, like books, have their limitations. While they are a worthwhile way to invest in yourself and the connections you make through them can be priceless they lack the individualized plan for getting you from where you are to where you want to be. On top of that, while they can give you a boost in motivation, they can also leave you feeling like you aren’t doing enough with your life and make you feel this weird discouragement. You’ll sometimes see successful speakers and think there is no way you’ll be able to achieve their level of success. I’ve struggled with this myself at times, but it helps to always remember that you’re on your own journey – Don’t compare yours to someone else’s. Besides, you define your own success.
Coaching – Personalized Attention and the Best Results
You can find information on anything you want for free on the internet.
You can consume years worth of knowledge and experience by reading books.
You can form meaningful connections and get inspired at conferences.
You can get results with coaching.
Coaches answer your questions, hold you accountable, give you that kick in the ass to get going and provide you with the individualized attention you need – Leading to a favorable desired outcome and a level of growth not possible on your own.
By hiring a coach you also put some skin in the game – shit gets real. It’s one thing to say you want results, but it’s quite another to drop some mula on a coach and then feel some legitimate pressure to actually get results. If you spent $500/month on a coach don’t you think you’d be that much more inclined to make things happen? Most people would, well, except maybe the joker:
In fact, coaches are found in many areas:
Athletes have coaches.
Presidents have coaches.
Actors have coaches.
Entrepreneurs have coaches.
Hell, coaches even have coaches. Tony Robbins, for example, one of the most successful business coaches, motivational speakers and all-around successful people on the planet has mentioned having multiple coaches and mentors over the course of his lifetime.
Coaching allows you to become more and can make your path to success quicker and less stressful. Don’t get me wrong, you still have to do the work and it can be very difficult – it’s not all rainbows and butterflies – but going at it alone can be terrifying and frustrating – you don’t need that.
Closing Thoughts and Hiring Me as Your Coach
Invest in yourself and reap the multitude of benefits – in your work, your relationships and with your happiness.
To work on improving your fitness, there are thousands of free workouts online and resources to help you get fit, but if you want to work with an experienced coach, my online coaching program may be for you.
Right now, I’m only taking on a few new coaching clients and you could be one of them. To apply, head over to the Just Go Fitness Online Coaching page. There you’ll learn more about how the whole online coaching thing works and how you can use it to GET RESULTS.