Monday, October 11, 2010
The Most Important Rule in Investing
What Does Investing Mean To People? What comes in to your mind when you mention the word investing? Does it mean, putting your money in insurance, mutual funds, the stock market or even high-yield investments?
Other people might only think about investing when they are about to die and they haven’t left anything for their offspring.Some even shiver when they hear the word, often claiming that they have no money to invest or feel that is too complicated a subject to even discuss about.Many people even invest heavily in health supplements, personal trainers and beauticians to make themselves live longer, healthier or even look younger! Imagine the advertising budget for beauty companies nowadays.
All these are legitimate concerns when it comes to investing, but I am talking about the most important investment a person can make in his lifetime.
Invest in Yourself
The most important and No.1 rule is “Invest in Yourself” – if you don’t, who else will?
Your parents will only invest in your education only until you leave college. But that is just the basic necessities provided and does not teach you important lessons about financial education.Would you depend on colleges or universities to teach you how to make money? Most colleges only teach you skills so you can earn money working for other people. How about business school? Honestly, if business lecturers are such experts at business, why are they still lecturing there instead of making a fortune in business ventures? Would your boss teach you how to succeed in business so that one day, you will be in his position?
You and only you have to be proactive enough to take that responsibility!
You see, when you invest in yourself, it means taking on the importance of educating yourself. Education not in the academic or technical sense, though they are necessary skills to be developed in life. Our education doesn’t stop at college.
For most working adults, their education enters retardation stage after they leave college. They stop learning and therefore they stop growing. They only grow sideways from eating too much pizzas or take-out during their busy lunch breaks.
We know that IQ is important right? But why aren’t the most intelligent people in the world the richest people in the world? There are many accountants and financial planners rushing to their cars every evening trying to beat the after work traffic congestions! They are not rich!
How about EQ or Emotional quotient? Do working hard, having a great attitude and a positive mindset solve our financial situation? These are important when running a business, but let me illustrate:
If you are driving from Boston to New York using the wrong road map, you won’t get to our destination no matter how fast you drive your car (working hard)! You can work harder, but you would only get to the wrong destination faster! You may have the best attitude in the world or the most positive mindset, but you still won’t get to New York (although the journey wouldn’t bother you since you are feeling positive about it)