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How do you “invest in yourself”?

I’ve seen posts of personal finance subs which say the the best investment you can make (particularly when you’re young) is to invest in yourself.

I’ve always interpreted this to mean spend money on education, gym memberships, etc.

How do you interpret this advice? Are there any unusual/novel ways to “invest in yourself”? How do YOU do this?

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  1. health in general. buy a sonic toothbrush, spend money on stuff like physiotherapy if you’ve got a persistent problem, buy a matress you love, a chair you love if you sit a lot.

    make time to sleep 8 fucking hours.

  2. Not a man here, but I would say education (e.g. learning a new language/coding/reading books/going to uni…), because it’s the thing that no one can take from you and, if used correctly, can make tons of money

  3. Its feels like you’re pretty on the money with your interpretation. I would add that dont forget to make yourself happy whether it be through investing your time and money into something that you enjoy. It can be easy to get caught up in life so don’t forget to take care of yourself.

  4. Get good at being healthy while you have time to focus on it. The inability to do a full body workout in twenty minutes and intuitively know how to put a healthy meal together is something your peers will constantly complain about in 5 years.

  5. Retirement. One day I won’t be able to work or earn a living. I don’t want to be a burden on family or reliable on an inept system. And I deserve to be reasonably comfortable.

  6. Learn skills useful in life. Languages, meat processing, cooking, reading good books,philosophy, gun handling, hunting, chemistry etc. Learning takes time, money and a lot of effort.

  7. You just do to be honest. Lol. It’s kind of hard to explain but here’s how it goes in my mind:

    People are not reliable. No matter how much you invest into someone else all of that could be washed away at the snap of a finger if they chose to. So instead of trying to help someone else grow, you spend your time helping yourself grow. Wether it’s physically, financially, mentally, or anything else. That’s how I see it

  8. I interpret it similarly to you. However instead of just spending money on those, I would definitely include time as well. Time and money in better yourself – mentally, physically, emotionally… even reading a book, listening to a podcast, etc.

  9. Booked big trips that require training, like climbing higher mountains (that need a guide). Same with running, I booked onto a half marathon because I couldn’t do it. Booking and paying for an event makes me train for it. The big payoff is watching my daughter wanting to train with me.

    I sponsored my way to a degree whilst working even though my job is great and the degree will never directly help me in my career. So there was no financial upside, I just wanted it.

    I have my pilots license and am doing more ratings than I require just for experience.

    So for me it seems to be constantly learning something new.

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