Invest in yourself, It always pays off

1. Find your passion and nurture it (or nurture the one you already have).

When you nurture your passion, you’re nurturing your soul. The happiness you get from taking the time to spend on your passion will reflect in your life, both personally and professionally.

Personally, the benefits are immeasurable. You’ll be able to transfer the happiness, fulfillment and purpose you get from nurturing your passion into many areas of your life.

Professionally, having a passion shows that you can efficiently manage your time, are focused and gives your employer an instant snapshot into your life outside of the office. As a matter of fact, Richard Branson described the importance of finding employees with passion, saying “Purpose is no longer a buzzword. It’s a must-have. Passion and purpose will keep people focused on the job at hand, and ultimately separate the successful from the unsuccessful.”

And you never know, your passion could turn into your own part-time business. With sites like Etsy, it’s easier than ever to sell your creations in a matter of minutes.

2. Invest in your appearance.

I know time and money can be a challenge when it comes to this subject, but there are solutions to both.

You don’t need to break the bank. Identity a few staple pieces that are interchangeable and that play to different scenarios, from client meetings to happy hours with your co-workers. For ladies, a classic black dress, a great pair of heels or ballet flats, and a neutral colored handbag that can be worn with anything will go a long way. For men, a great pair of dark denim, a well-fitting button-up shirt and a stylish briefcase or laptop bag will set you apart from others who aren’t thinking about how to present themselves.

If you don’t have time or simply hate to shop, there are some great services out there like Stitch Fix (www.stitchfix.com), that deliver a complete outfit right to your door, according to your style and size profile.

Have some fun with fashion! I’m a believer in showing your uniqueness through your wardrobe. You don’t have to always play into the corporate boring business suit dress code anymore. Many companies, especially ones like start-ups and agencies, tend to have a more laid back dress code, so show your style and dress appropriately for your company culture.

3. Eat Well & Exercise.

Taking care of yourself is one of the greatest investments you can make, both mentally and physically. It’s not easy when you’re always on the go or crunched for time to make the healthiest choices, but there are some great tools out there to help you achieve your goals.

Fooducate is a great App that allows you to scan products at the grocery store to learn their nutritional value and ingredients. Some other great food and exercise apps are Fitbit, MyFitnessPal & HealthyOut. It’s always a good idea to check with your employer to see if they offer any benefits when it comes to gym discounts and/or reimbursements.

Getting enough sleep and finding time to disconnect once in a while also fits into this category. You can’t perform your best when you’re burned out and irritable.

4. Visit somewhere new.

Schedule an adventure today! Whether it’s a new place a few or a few thousand miles away, visit somewhere new. The experience will stay with you for a lifetime and chances are you will meet new people and learn something new, too.

5. Save on a regular basis.

Even if it’s only​ $25 per week, set something aside. Having an automatic withdrawal setup is usually the best chance at successfully saving, because you won’t even realize the money is gone. ​If you put saving into perspective, ​$25 per week is a few Starbuck’s runs, going out to lunch twice a week (probably once depending on where you live), or a few​ cocktails with friends. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

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