Investing in People

“Surround yourself with good people, surround yourself with positivity and people who are going to challenge you to make you better.” Ali Kreiger

Time is the most valuable resource any of us possesses. Who we spend that time with and what we do with them often determines who we are perceived to be and sometimes even who we become.

Thinking of people as banks, is often criticized because some of us are more interested in what we can get out of others rather than what we can put in, but what happens when we focus on the investment? Focusing on how we spend our time and who we spend it with means that we start to surround ourselves with quality people. These people may not always agree with us, they may not even provide us with any tangible thing, but they act as fertilizer and foster our growth. Wisdom. Laughter. Support. Knowledge. Love. The best things we can ever receive from others are those which are unseen.

Investing in the wrong people causes us to waste mental and emotional effort, time and financial resources. We may still take away valuable lessons from the experiences but the price may be high. Ask yourself how much of your resources have been invested in the people you talk to most frequently and what you have received in return.

Better still, take an inventory on how you spend your time. Are you spending it wisely? Are you on the road to becoming the person you want to be? The most important person you can ever invest in is yourself. Every time you invest in a positive and fulfilling relationship, you are adding a little more to your investment in yourself, but more importantly, the more you improve on yourself, the more you have to give others and so the cycle of enrichment continues.

“Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people.” – Michael W Smith

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