Just returned from our Business Excellence Awards Forum in Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado Beach in San Diego, CA. Coaches, entrepreneurs, business owners and teams alike all filled themselves with three days of learnings from the best in the business. Monday evening was our awards dinner where the best in 17 categories of business were recognized and awarded by the peers. Absolutely a fabulous evening.
In leading to the letter I in the ABC’s of Building of a Successful Organization.
Warren Buffett is considered one of the greatest investors of all time and is consistently ranked among the wealthiest people in the world with a net worth north of $72 billion. He is well known for his commitment to value investing, and when he makes recommendations, people listen.
Someone had asked him what is the greatest investment of all? His return answer simply was, “It’s you.”
“Invest as much as you can in yourself, you are your own biggest asset by far.”
You simply will never get a better return than when you invest in yourself. Here are some ways to help you make the most of your investment.
Always stick with the important three: mind, body, spirit.
- Mind: daily reading, (could be as little as 15 minutes) journal, thinking time.
- Body: exercise, eat good food, drink plenty of water, get a good night’s sleep.
- Spirit: be grateful, pray, go to church or just find some quiet time to connect with yourself.
Create a morning Hour of Power daily routine.
Set aside that first hour in the morning to get grounded and create your day. Read, stretch, meditate, recite your affirmations, write in your gratitude journal or the combination of. Your first hour of the day should be scheduled strictly for “you.”
Never stop learning.
One of the greatest secrets to Warren Buffett’s success is that he is continuously learning.
Learning doesn’t end just because you’re finished with school. The world is rapidly changing and we must not only stay up with it but to be ultimately successful in business we need to actually stay ahead of it.
- Consistently Read.
- Attend conferences, seminars, and meet-ups.
- Take an online course.
- Talk to people and ask them questions (listen more than you talk).
- Research something you are interested in.
- Hire a coach.
Surround yourself with excellence.
“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” — Warren Buffett
The best part of attending last week conference was it was filled with some of the best speakers, best entrepreneurs, and the world best coaches.
Spend time getting to know yourself.
Your time is extremely valuable and precious. Spend some of it getting to know yourself better.
These practices can help you find out who you truly are:
- Meditate (even if you think you can’t meditate).
- Do yoga.
- Write morning pages or journal.
- Find hobbies that you enjoy (and actually do them).
Invest as much as you can in yourself starting right now, and you will see returns beyond anything you could dream of. Remember along the way that success in life is not about the destination but about the journey. Invest in yourself, enjoy the journey and you just may positively impact some people along the way.