The serial entrepreneur and businessman in me wants to advise everyone I know and care about to approach every financial decision they make as if it’s some sort of investment. This mentality and approach changes the way you consider even every day matters. Consider as an example, your personal overall health status. By that, I mean your physical health, mental well-being and even your relationships.
In this article, I’m going to recommend some things that I recommend that you invest in. These may not be direct business investments but can positively influence your life.
Invest in Your Health
The first thing I recommend is investing in your health. Stay or become physically fit. Being in great shape and looking good is always a great thing. However, regular gym attendance has so many benefits above and beyond looking great. Exercise is a great way to cope with the stress that many entrepreneurs feel. It can also prevent future health problems that may arise if you don’t properly care for your body.
I preach the importance of hustle as much as anyone out there. However, getting adequate rest is an important and valuable aspect of staying healthy. Sleep helps your body recharge so that you can stay mentally sharp.
Eat actually nutritional food. Travelling and other aspects of an entrepreneur’s life can make maintaining a solid diet difficult. Make eating well a priority in your life. Don’t settle for fast food simply because it is more convenient. Preparing your own meals when possible is often less expensive than eating out. Eat well and save your pennies for things that actually matter.
Visit a dentist and other medical professionals to make sure that your body is healthy. It’s so much easier and generally less expensive to take care of your body before there is an issue. Don’t let a toothache interrupt your hustle. Take care of the issue before it becomes an issue. Prevent not cure.
Invest in Your Appearance
In many instances, you are the product that you are offering. Make sure that product is well presented to investors, clients and potential partners.
Dress well. I’m not saying go and get the most expensive suit you can find. I’m not recommending your blow your money on apparel. What I am saying is that you take the time to be well-dressed. There are a lot of companies out there that offer great clothing at reasonable prices. Go find them.
Keep your smile on point. I mentioned the importance of visiting a dentist in the last section. Taking care of your teeth and gums is important. Having a nice smile is always impressive. Make sure your teeth are in good condition and possibly invest in some cosmetic dentistry. Get your teeth-whitened and possibly straightened. Talk to qualified dentists like those at Hawley Lane Dental and see what they can do for you.
Take care of your hair. I don’t care if that hair is on your head or on your face, keep yourself well-groomed. Visit a barber and stay looking sharp. Keep in mind, you are often the product.
Invest in Relationships
There are a lot of things in this life that are trivial, temporary and meaningless. Never let those be what you’re truly pursuing in life. Pursue a better life for yourself, your children and those that you love. Let that be the motivation behind your work and be sure to invest in those relationships.
Invest in your family. This may vary greatly depending on your circumstances. If you have children, a spouse or other family members make sure they know how important they are to you. Not just by what you say but by what you do. Simple things like Facetime calls to stay in touch can go a really long way. Setting aside time without electronics can also be a great way to show those people who are important to you that you love them.
Invest in friendships. As I get older, I can see more clearly which non-family relationships are important to me. Whether it’s old classmates, childhood friends or anything else, spend time maintaining these relationships. There is a lot of benefits to having people you can truly call friends.
By investing in all of the things I mentioned here, you’re really investing in yourself. You are building a more meaningful future you. Get out there and hustle but don’t forget what really matters.