In the first of this four part blog series we covered step one of designing a life of world impact, “Align Your Passion and Gifts with Your Career Path.” If you read that first post, then I’m hoping you’ve done plenty of thinking (or re-thinking) about the path you are now on. I also hope that you are considering specific changes that will allow you to pursue the goal of living your truth.
Once you’ve gotten comfortable with the path that you are taking to fulfill your new goal, you are ready to go to the next step!
Step 2 – Make Yourself Investment Number One
You are the very best asset that you can invest in. You have the highest performance value with the greatest ROI (return on investment) potential in your portfolio.
There is no other investment out there that will produce the dollar-for-dollar ROI that you can achieve when you invest in your own personal brand, growth, and capabilities. Why do I make such a bold statement? A great quote from the late Jim Rohn will clarify the situation: “If you work hard on your job, you’ll make a good living. If you work hard on yourself you’ll make a fortune!”
Here are two outcomes that I have personally experienced – and that many other achievers have enjoyed – that result from following the advice above. I’ve studied this for more than 20 years, and I guarantee, this is what you can experience, too.
The fact of the matter is this: success attracts opportunity. People want to entrust their most important projects to those who have already proven themselves to be intelligent, skilled, and confident. The more attractive you are to the marketplace, the more the marketplace will pursue you.
I myself suffered quite a failure after I left my corporate job at the First American Corporation in 2008. Though I was at the top of my game there, I resigned, exercised my entrepreneurial spirit and created a startup business. It failed and I shut it down after two years.
Undeterred, and with an excellent brand – one that I’d spent two decades building in the marketplace – I succeeded when I forged ahead and opened a management consulting firm. All I was trying to do was cover my baseline obligations while working on my next entrepreneurial venture, but in just under two weeks I literally landed $400,000 in annual contracts. And, I achieved this without ever printing a business card or letterhead. This is what’s possible when you invest in yourself and build a strong personal and professional brand that people believe in.
Since then, I’ve attracted many more opportunities. I’ve taken advantage of some, passed on many, and I am evaluating new, attractive ones at the very time of this writing. I expect to continue to do so for as long as I live. I’m sure I’ll be 90-plus years old – and still working on new ventures that make a difference in the world. Why? Because it’s my passion!
In the weeks to come we will learn steps 3 and 4 of designing a life of world impact. Before proceeding, here’s a little bit of homework. Write down what you’ve done in 2013 to invest in yourself. Also write down what you will do differently going into 2014 that will make the year(s) to come your best ever!
If you have not done so already, be sure to sign up for complimentary access to the Wealth Triangle Warrior community where you will find bonus videos and tips to help you overcome the 7 Deadly Shackles that most frequently hold us back from living in our truth! Some may look quite familiar, but now you can stare them in the face.
We Look Forward to Seeing You Next Week For Step 3