I am a big fan of investing. A man must always be moving forward in all aspects of life and one of these aspects is money. Investing in the stock market, real estate and business are all noble and worthy pursuits, I participate in all three myself. What I have in mind today is a different kind of investing; Investing in ourselves.
Investing in ourselves is the foundation for all other success. Investing in ourselves teaches us self discipline, self worth, and opens before us vistas of opportunity. As with everything else in life, investing in ourselves is not a static enterprise. Self investing is a constant journey every moment of our lives. Once we have laid a proper foundation we are now ready to move forward into other areas of investing. For those of you who are wondering how this relates to the opposite sex I will tell you. Women love a man who has invested in himself. If you live in the U.S. in particular you will stand out from the crowd because most men do not self invest.
If a man was searching for a good start on the road to self investment I would suggest the following ways to start:
Presentation: Clothes do make the man. Save up and get yourself some nice clothes. Remember the maxim; “You get what you pay for”. Pay a little more for quality, it will look better and also last longer. Take care of yourself and the way you look. If you look sharp you will feel sharp. If you want to be treated like a man, dress like a man. Remember the scene in “Casino Royale” where Daniel Craig comes walking into the casino wearing a sideways baseball hat, baggy shorts and a “Tap Out” t-shirt? You don’t remember? That’s because it didn’t happen and it never will. If you don’t think James Bond would wear it, then don’t buy it.
The Classics: If you aren’t familiar with the classics then you need to be. Explore classical music, art, literature, philosophy. Become your own man of letters, give yourself a classical education if you were not given one in school. Become a well read man, a “Renaissance Man” so to speak.
Fitness: Work out and eat right. Its that simple. Take a look at the biographies of masculine men and you will notice that the vast majority of them were involved in some sort of sportsmanship. Eat organic foods. Yes, they are more expensive, but so are the effects of eating processed food. You will feel better, trust me on this one. Know where your meat comes from. A man is a protector of the weak and innocent, this includes animals. Make sure your meat comes from a source where the animals are treated well and slaughtered in a humane manner.
Self improvement: Constantly, every day, every hour, every minute, every second strive to be a better man than you were the day before. Its that simple.
The company you keep: Stop watching t.v. Watch only movies with a strong masculine lead, movies that teach you something. Seek out the company of other men who are on the same journey as you. This will be difficult because there are not many out there. Be prepared to meet with jealousy, derision and slander for you are embarking on a journey that will make others uncomfortable. Keep searching and you will find good friends.
Once a solid foundation of self investment is laid the riches accumulated will be untold!