1. S - SELF: When it comes to SELF, you are all faced with the choice of sitting in restricted cubicles, flushing the hours of your life down some social, corporate, or religious toilet or going against the grain to DEFINE and DEVELOP your TRUEST SELF! It is ascribing to the Shakespearenic philosophy of, “to thy own SELF, be true.” I have always asked my audience to name the best places to work in. The answers are as varied as my audience in the last few years. Only a handful ever said "the best place to work is at SELF" Yeah, that for me is the BEST PLACE TO TOIL!
People have been deluded by the idea of job security, higher salary and huge benefits, etc, which are okay, who doesn't enjoy that? But first things first; an investment in self is the best security since, by investing in your mind (reading, deliberate and continuous learning, emotional intelligence, people skills, etc), body (healthy daily practices and exercise) and soul (issues spirituality NOT RELIGION, but the ability to marshal peace within yourself; to know that no matter what happens, things somehow work out. To know that the universe is forever conspiring to help you, and finding the ways to align yourself with it, and learning to let go), then you SHiFT from looking for and waiting on outward resources to being resourceful by utilizing the many attributes you are endowed with WITHIN YOU... …and there is nothing as secure in our century as being resourceful.
After having to deal with the tragedy of colored papers and faded people, current investors are looking for individuals who have discovered and are illuminated by their unique internal spark/light, where previous investors looked for external paper qualifications whose light continues to dim in the gloom. At a cognitive level, investing in yourself is telling yourself and the world that “the value and potential I possess is important enough that I am going to give it the energy, space, and time to grow and create results.” …THEN, and this is a big then, the universe begins to reward your EFFORTS TOWARDS A BETTER SELF with amazing results. How well you IMPACT AND INFLUENCE SOCIETY hinges on how well you DISCOVER AND DEVELOP yourSELF!