013: Willingness to Invest in Yourself

Recently, it got me thinking why most people aren’t willing to invest in themselves. I know this. I’m actually a product expert, or a personal expert in this, because for over 15 years, I had stopped investing in myself. I know how that feels.
So today, I wanted to sit here and say, okay, what are the five ways that you can invest in yourself right now, take immediate action, and actually see results from that by these five things?

Let’s kick it off with number one, find a group of like-minded people.

Now I’m going to rewind real quick. A statement that you’ve heard before, or one that you’ve always heard me say is, “You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.” So right now, what I want you to do is get a piece of paper, and a pen or pencil and draw a few columns. In the first column, I want you to write down who the people you currently surround yourself with, whether it’s from a weekly or monthly standpoint. You might sit there and say, “Oh, I know who that is!” but this time, really write down who are the people you’re currently surrounding yourself with.

Now, in the next column, write down what you are primarily talking about in these groups with these people? Like what are the conversations really centered on? What are you getting out of those conversations? What is the value? Or what are you actually getting out of those conversations?

So are the people you’re mainly hanging out with your coworkers? Are they your family? Or friends? Who are those people? And what do those conversations you have with them consist of?

Okay, now, you’re going to be able to categorize these people into the three C’s that we’ve talked about in an earlier episode. As a recap, in episode five, The Pillars of Success, we talked about the three C’s that Steve Sims taught us, the Cheerleaders, the Challengers, and the Crabs. Now that you’ve written down who you often surround yourself with, you’re going to be able to categorize each one of those people to those three categories, based off on what those conversations you have with them are.

So what I want you to do is sit there now and say, “Okay, what do I really want out of life?” Like, what is it that I’m wanting? Do I need more of the cheerleader? Do I need the Challenger? And you know, there’s a purpose for the Crabs as well. Additionally, ask yourself “What are these people that I’m primarily around? What are they bringing to me?”

More importantly, I also want you to think about this: We can sometimes sit down and say, well, they did this, he did or she did that or whatever. But we should also look internally and focus on what value are you bringing to the conversation? Ask yourself: “What value am I bringing that these people, if they were doing the same exercise, could get from me?”

Once you’ve written down your answers, look back at it again. Find out what you really want out of yourself and the people that you’re around. However, I’m not saying you got to kick people to the curb, but you can start replacing them, and start replacing the situations that you put yourself into. Find like-minded people that want to grow in the same direction that you want to. So that’s number one.


Number two, listen to a podcast. Here’s the breaking news. If you’re listening to this podcast, you’re already there. But I want you to go a little bit deeper than just listening to a podcast, just like with anything.

Right now, there’s an overabundance of information. Forbes states that each day, there’s over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created. And 90% of that data in the world was created in just the last two years alone! That’s like, a lot of stuff out there. It’s a lot of junk, that’s out there. And if you’re listening to this show, I hope I’m not one of those pieces of junk. I hope I’m one of those pieces of value.

So with all of that, the overabundance of information, I want you to sit there and pick three to five podcasts. That’s it. Just three to five. Now, I do have a few more in mind and I’ve got to weed them out, but choose only three to five that you can commit yourself to. And choose not only podcasts that are meaningful podcast, choose one that are digestible too.

Look at the podcasts you’re listening to from a couple different viewpoints. Me? I like to get enjoyment, have something that is insightful, something that is action taking, like, I can actually take a little bit of action. And then I also like something I can call reality– something that when I sit there, I’ll feel that I actually want to work with the person that I’m listening to on the podcast. Someone that somehow, I’ll want to connect with at some given point, whether I’ll interview them, work with them, or collaborate with them.

If you listen to someone’s podcast and you can see yourself working with that person, connect with them. Because like we’ve talked about before, the availability of people today is your arm’s length away.  You can just chat or a message away people who are willing to communicate with you back and forth, no matter what level we think that they sit at.

Additionally, people have a lot more time right now. So go find that reality, that one you like to work and collaborate with and go from there.


Next, hire a coach, or a mentor.

This is the first thing that’s going to come out of so many people’s mouth, “Oh, but it’s going to cost me money.” Yes, the previous two were free. You can do everything we just talked about for free. And I’m going to ask you to put your money where your mouth is.

So I can tell you, in the last year alone, I’ve invested somewhere around $50,000, between coaching, mentorship, and being around these kinds of people to help me get to where I’m going. Now. I’m not sitting there saying you need to invest that kind of money, whatsoever. But if your barrier is not being willing to invest in yourself, do you really wanting to get to where you’re going?

I think it was Episode 10, I interviewed Steve Sims. And he said this, “I don’t believe on the podcast.” But just so you know, I consider him a coach, a mentor, and a friend. He sat there and said, “Can you afford not to do it?” And what he’s saying is, “Can you afford not to invest in yourself?”

Remember, I told you at the beginning of this, that I’m a perfect, prime, textbook example of someone who does not invest in himself. I had stopped investing in myself around 15 years ago, because I thought I had accomplished it. You know, I had created a small business then. I’d created a company. But in comparison, when I look back at what has happened over the last two years since I’ve changed my mindset and worked with a coach and a mentor, that has allowed me to rework how my current company grows.

Since then, I’ve started two companies and two podcasts. Now, I will sit there and say this. One of the companies that made money didn’t work out. It’s just the partnership wasn’t there. We just didn’t go anywhere with it. And one of the podcasts is still in existence to this day and I still really enjoy it, but it just wasn’t really what was working for me and the partners that was doing the podcast.

The podcast is still around and I’m still really close to these guys, but it wasn’t something that I was able to continue to do. So in summary, you will try and start things. Some of them will work, some of them won’t. But I can tell you again, in the last two years, this is what I’ve started.

As for this podcast, The Mastermind Effect, it’s still going. And the company that’s being built, that we’ll continue to talk about here and there throughout the podcast, is just in an unbelievable trajectory right now. So remember, the people that are surrounding yourself with now, you don’t really have to invest large sums of money to have that coach or that mentor. You might actually work for a small business or company and you could even find a free mentor in your backyard, you might not even have to pay for it. Think about that.

If that’s the position you’re in, find someone that you’re already currently working with, As for the benefits of doing this? It can even be immediate because they’re going to hold you accountable. So it’s immediate action through implementation by getting that coach or mentor.


Number four, increase your health and wellness.

Now, this is an area that I know I struggle with every day. I’m no health and wellness guru, by any means, but I do know this: eating better, knowing what you put in your body, knowing what you put in your mind, and going through numbers one to three that I’ve mentioned here can have a tremendous benefit in your life. The people you’re surrounding yourself with, the podcasts that you’re listening to, what you put in your head, what you’re digesting and just being active during your day, just getting up and walking around benefits not only how you see life, but how you want to change yourself and work and change the people around you, as well.


Number five, join a mastermind.

All right, if you’ve made it this far in the podcast, then you kind of already get it. So there’s free masterminds, there’s paid masterminds. But the question comes back, who do I trust? Which one’s right for me? How do I find them? And ultimately, what do I do with it?

Well, here’s the thing. That’s something our team is actively working on! We share your sentiment, and we’re right there with you. When it comes to those questions, and those concerns that you have, we’ll keep you updated on what we’re building with that. So when you find that mastermind, you’re able to share about it and what challenges you have. And sharing about their strengths, their experiences, their wins, their failures– it’s so crucial to have people like that. Those people who get it and want to help pull you along the way and you’re able to help pull them along the way. So in a mastermind, you’ll be able to do all that.

Anyway, here’s the really interesting thing about this, once the mastermind is done, it doesn’t mean that you’ll stop communicating with these people. Personally, I’ve created lifelong relationships with people from the masterminds I’ve been part of. The first mastermind that I was in has been known for a while now. A group of us even still have get-togethers every few weeks to share our roses, our thorns, and what we need help with. So just because a mastermind is done doesn’t mean the relationships and what you’re getting out of it, or what you can still work with also goes away. All those will stay with you if you make meaningful life-long business and personal relationships out of it.


Lastly, remember this, to invest in yourself is to invest in your future. These are my thoughts, and I’d love to hear yours as well. Hit the subscribe button in the apple podcasts or whatever platform that you’re listening in.

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“What you put in your body, and what you put in your mind has a huge effect on what you’re able to accomplish.” – Brandon Straza

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