What is the most valuable asset in your life?
You see, most people would answer this thinking their most valuable asset would either be their house, their car or their job.
To me personally, I don’t believe that this is the case. To me, I believe the most valuable asset you can ever have in your life is yourself.
Let me go into this further..
Four years ago, I thought my most valuable asset was my career. I thought to myself that if I put my job first and focused on working hard to climb my way up the corporate ladder, I would no doubt achieve financial and long term success.
I spent all my time investing solely into building up my career. Although it is important to focus on your career, I however allowed it to take full control over my life. I spent days on end working overtime, sacrificing my health and my time to work hard so that one day, I could finally say to myself ‘ I MADE IT!’.
But during this time, I was starting to lose a sense of who I was and what my purpose was in life. I was blinded by my everyday demands being in a job for the sake of financial security and had allowed work to take control over all aspects of my life.
I had allowed it to take control over ME.
When I got made redundant after 2 years of working in that job, I found myself back to square one with no job and no income coming through. All this time I realized that I was not investing in anything other than the same old paycheck every month, doing things that didn’t maximize my own value but rather doing things that I was simply just told to do.
I realized then and there that my job was not my most valuable asset, if anything it wasn’t an asset at all. It was a job that could hopefully build into something that could generate me a decent income as long as I stayed in that job. My job was just a job, one that would stop serving me when I decide to quit doing it.
And it did, it had stopped serving me.
I came to realize that instead of investing all my time towards working in a job, one that didn’t contribute towards maximizing my own personal value, I needed to start investing in myself.
I needed to understand that I was my most important and valuable asset and that in order to increase my own personal value to society, I needed to focus on myself first.
After this revelation.. I started to take the time to work on myself by learning new skill sets, surrounding myself with leaders and entrepreneurs that inspired me, focusing on my personal growth and taking on great opportunities that could ultimately serve me in the long run.
I had learnt how to build inherent value in myself, value that can serve me far better than a job could ever do so and one that could open new doors and opportunities for me to grow.
By investing in myself, I was able to replace my corporate job with a business that I love. It’s a business that challenges me, inspires me and enables me to grow, it’s a business that serves me both financially and emotionally but most importantly, it’s a business that gives me the opportunity to serve others.
The reason why I am sharing you this story today is because whether you know it or not, you are your own greatest asset.
Don’t let your career or your job define who you are.
By investing in yourself, you are not only adding value to your career, but you are unquestionably adding value to yourself, which is the best investment you could ever make for yourself!
It will start to expand your potential horizons and offer you countless of opportunities for you to grow and become successful. More importantly, it will allow you to live a life based on your own values, needs and wants.
I know this because if I had solely remained invested in my job, I would still be working late nights at my cubicle hoping to one-day advance in my career.
If I didn’t take that chance to invest in myself, I would never be where I am today, building a business that I not only love but one that has ultimately allowed me to pursue the things that matter to me most, which in this case is my love for travel 🙂
I cannot reiterate how important it is to invest in yourself first, not in whatever might give you another inch in whatever happens to be your current career path. If you truly want to be successful in life, you need to become more than just someone filling in a slot in a company and only doing what you are told to do.
Once you start to understand that you are your greatest asset, go out there and take full control of your own life! Investing in yourself is the key to living a life of meaning and purpose and to me, it is the best investment that you could ever make for yourself.
To your success and happiness,
Merrilee Watson – Co Founder of Lifestyle By My Own Design