How to Actually inVEST in Yourself

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I’ve been watching a lot of videos and reading a ton of articles about the importance of investing in yourself. It’s one of those concepts that is commonly used by successful entrepreneurs and businessmen all the time. In fact, if you follow me on Instagram you know that I am always mentioning it in my captions as well.

However, I realized that some people might not understand what it actually means to “invest in yourself.”

Therefore, I wanted to share a few things that you can do to invest in yourself as well as some things that I’ve done.

inVEST In Yourself

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When it comes to investing in yourself, people often think that it’s something that they have to wait a long time to do.

I always hear people say things like “Yea, I’m going to do that as soon as I’m done with…(insert excuse here)”

However, investing in yourself doesn’t have to cost you any money at all. In fact, it could simply mean that you’re going to spend less time watching shows on Netflix and spend more time learning about the things that your passionate about!

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For instance, I am passionate about photography, fashion, and men’s style in particular. Therefore, before I even started spending money on my wardrobe, I educated myself about the rules of menswear and the art of tailoring. I even took a college course on apparel construction.

Not only was that extremely helpful when it came to building my wardrobe, but it also saved me a lot of time and money as well!

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Another way that you can invest in yourself, is to actually put your money where your mouth is. If you’re interested in photography, buy a quality camera and or pay for photography classes. If your passionate about fitness pay for a gym membership and or a trainer. And if you love traveling, get a passport and book a trip!

For instance, as my interest in photography grew, I gradually upgraded my equipment. I went from having a point and shoot, to a DSLR, to now having a mirrorless camera.

Simply put, if you don’t spend money on the things you care about, no one else will!

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Lastly, another huge investment that you can do for yourself is to attend educational workshops and seminars.

This is actually something that I have to practice more often (more on that later).

Not only will this expand your knowledge and skill set, but this will also give you the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and possibly even find a mentor!

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As always, thanks for reading and share some ways that you’ve invested in yourself in the comments below!

Yours truly,

Akil McLeod
The Dapper Advisor


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