The past 2 days I’ve spent a lot of time with a buddy of mine from back in Milwaukee. I’m really fortunate to do my work in the early mornings and late nights so I could enjoy time with him.
We were talking about Tampa’s investments in several of the neighborhoods here, and I mentioned the city and investors are pouring a bunch of money in to make it even more livable. I said something he reminded me of several times during our time together.
“When you believe in something, you invest in it.”
And it got me thinking about my life.
When I have believed in People, I’ve invested in them. I’ve invested my time, my energy, my talents and in many cases, my money. I’ve personally mentored some amazing people, giving them all I had, and wow – have they thrived and delivered a huge return on my investments. The ones that thrived the most also had to invest something, often their own money in a coaching package with me. And they’ve seen terrific returns as well, one in particular I’ve been coaching almost 3 years now who’s taken a piece of his business from $40k to over $200k.
And in Places. I didn’t invest much of anything in my first few jobs. I did them, and I did them reasonably well, but I didn’t commit to investing in them. I didn’t bring in any pictures from home, I didn’t make my desk my own, and it took me less than 5 minutes to leave when I gave my 2 weeks notice.
I did invest in other jobs I had. One in particular I made completely my own. I had pictures at the desk. I kept some of my leadership library at my desk. I even locked my drawers every night so nobody could break in and steal my investments. I got a great return on my investments and I learned things I use in my business today, even though the work is nothing like what I did then.
And then it made me think about myself. I’m really struggling with a few aspects of my life. And if I’m really honest with myself, the areas In struggling in the most are areas I haven’t invested in. One piece of my business in particular I’m pretty good at, but I need to take it up to a new level. I can’t get to where I want to go alone, so I hired myself a coach. I’m investing in me because I believe in me and my ability to get to the next level – with a coach.
Whatever you believe in, you’ll invest in.
What do you believe in? How much are you investing in it right now? If you’re not getting the results you desire, are you willing to invest more in it to get more results?
Make it a great day!