Investing in yourself to create the future you dream of


Tuesday 8/23/2016

They were mother and daughter. The mother was in 90s and in good shape. The daughter was in 60s and taking great care of her mother. I sat there admiring how the daughter cared for her mother. In fact, I was conversing inside my head that I will care for my parents like her.

Suddenly, the daughter proudly announced that she spent $200 every month to buy luxury skincare so that her skin can be like it was. She showed her hand to her mother. The mother said nothing. The daughter continued comparing with other people who do not even have $200 to care for their skins and end up with dry and ugly skins. I said there completely in despair.

Here was a lady in 60s, willing to spend $200 per month for her skin alone. She worked for a factory and got paid hourly. If she could spend $200 per month on her skin, how much is she spending to develop her mind?

A friend of mine recommended his favorite book to a group of co-workers. They all said the book was interesting and they would buy it. When asked if they will read it, 90% of them said they do not have time. Their lives are too busy to even have 15 mins to read. What shocking was that they spent at least 1 hour everyday at the gym to build their body. How much time are they spending to build their mind?

On my trip to Vietnam, I went to have some drink with my buddy’s group. We had such a pleasant chat over few beers. When a person asked the group what they were doing to increase their intelligence, the group laughed out loud. They all said the same thing: “I don’t have time.” And yet, they had been spending over 2 hours to drink and chat that night. From a trusted source, I came to know that they went out to drink after work almost every night. What are they doing to their mind, body, and soul? How much time are they spending to develop their mind?

Now, I could point out millions of examples like above. I am sure you would come up with many similar stories. But first, ask yourself: how much are you investing in yourself? What are you doing to develop not only your body but your mind?

Yours to success!

About the author: the post was written by Hoan Do, a certified leadership coach with John Maxwell Team. I have one available spot for a qualified client.
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