Aside from retirement accounts, I’ve never been interested in investing money. I don’t own real estate or big-ticket items. I don’t invest in stocks, bonds, or gold. I don’t own a house and the car I own is 15 years old with more than 200,000 miles.
Investing money is an option, but if you want a better return, invest with your heart and soul.
The largest and most powerful monetary investment I’ve ever made was spent becoming debt free. I’m not opposed to investing, but it’s never interested me enough to take action. When there are highs and lows in the market, it doesn’t have a dramatic effect on my life and I think there are better ways to invest.
Invest your time, money, and energy lifting people up. Give them your attention. Teach them what you know. Connect them with other helpful people. This might start in your own family or community, and it could be a social networking or business connection.
Believe that you have something to offer, because you do. Offer it with your heart in the right place and you will help the people who are open to it.
2. Passion projects
What makes your heart sing? How do you want to change the world? How many ideas have you dismissed because you didn’t think you had the time, skills, or money? Bring one back and dig in. Give yourself permission to move past the fact that it’s a crazy idea or that you don’t know how to do it. Dig in.
When you discover and invest in work you love, you find a way to make it work.
3. The Underdog
In my case, the underdog was a dog. Our dog, Guinness was diagnosed with aggressive bone cancer last May and given a 5% chance of living more than 175 days. That 5% was on condition that we amputate his front right leg. Without amputation, the pain of the cancer caused too much pain. We invested money to have the surgery. We invested time to help him recover from a traumatic surgery. We invested our hearts and souls into giving Guinness what we thought would be his last few months with treats, trips to the park, hikes, and on demand belly rubs.
This month a chest X-ray and blood work showed no signs of cancer more than 7 months later. While the underdog might be an animal, it could be an organization, a little league team, or a struggling business. Don’t dismiss the underdog. Take a chance and invest in one.
An education doesn’t have to come in the form of an expensive degree. What do you want to learn and why? Local courses and seminars are a great way to learn and connect with like-minded people. While there are great courses at universities, community colleges, and other local venues, you can learn almost anything online starting at zero dollars.
- There are free and paid creative classes on Creative Live.
- I’ll teach you how to thoughtfully earn your first $100 and 100 blog subscribers for $10 with Zero to 100, a microcourse for beginning bloggers.
- Skillshare offers courses in entrepreneurship, photography, and culinary skills with a free month of premium membership.
- Learn the power of Desire Mapping and then turn what you learn intoa thriving business.
- My friend Jess just opened registration for her Life with Intentioncourse.
Want to learn something else? Be curious and jump in.
Pay yourself first. Make an investment in your body with nourishing food, a full night of sleep, and exercise. Invest in your heart by spending time with people who lift you up and by saying no instead of saying yes or maybe (especially when you desperately want to say no). Invest in your soul by doing work you care about, and by serving your community. Invest in your brain by being curious, daring and open.
When you invest in yourself, you create limitless resources to invest in what matters most to you.
No matter what you choose to invest in, once you are truly invested in something that matters to you or in people you care about, prepare for the very best returns.