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I read something today that was interesting which reminds me of conversations with people in the past, and also conversations with people within my Chinese medicine community.

“…. ordinary people will spend large amounts of money on their houses, cars, and wardrobes, but when the opportunity to invest in themselves through books, courses, workshops, and memberships, they start counting pennies.”

In the past while working previous jobs, I always have a book with me, and read at every break. Many of my co-workers would say to me: “I haven’t read a book since I got out of high-school.” In reply I would usually say to them, “It is a sad fact that there are many illiterate people in the world that would love to be able to read, but it’s a complete travesty when someone that can read chooses not to.”

One person I even lent a book to her that could improve her life called: You, INC. This book is easy to read, and is not too big, however after three months she only made it to page 30. During this time after she got the Harry Potter novels she flowed through them. Sure Harry Potter can be exciting, but how does it actually improve your life?

Another girl I worked with once asked me how I knew so much about so many different things, and I replied “well, you notice that I am always reading, and those are not fiction books.”

So my questions to you, or better yet, the questions you should ask yourself, are:

  • How do you invest in YOU?
  • What do you do to improve yourself and your life?
  • Do you just work each day looking towards the weekend and then do mindless things to spend your money?
  • Or do you actively work to improve your physical body, your mind, and your spirit?

When it comes to my Chinese medicine community, we all have met people that ask for a discount on our services when we are helping them improve their health, however they then tend to turn around and show up with their newest smart phone, car, or telling us about their up-coming two week vacation in Hawaii.

This brings us back to the original quote at the start of this post, “…. ordinary people will spend large amounts of money on their houses, cars, and wardrobes, but when the opportunity to invest in themselves through books, courses, workshops, and memberships, they start counting pennies.”

So, where do YOU invest?