The greatest investment you will ever make is an investment into your on-going personal development. No other investment will ever give you the same returns. As you consistently invest into your most important asset, namely your own self-development, the returns you will enjoy, go well beyond just gains in monetary wealth. You become a better person in every respect. You are better equipped to be a better spouse, friend, employee, entrepreneur, etc. and if directed properly even your health will improve.
Look at your life right now, are you investing at least 10 % of everything you earn each year, into your personal development? If you are not and you are not satisfied with the results you are enjoying, then I highly recommend that you look to introduce this crucial growth strategy, where you commit to spend a minimum of 10 % of your annual income, on improving yourself, into your life today.
My wife jokingly says, that I should deposit my salary into Amazon and that they should then send me a small cheque back each month, with whatever is left over, after I have paid for all the books, audio books and DVD’s I buy every month. This commitment to on-going learning has seen my income grow by over 3000 % during the past 5 years. I do not believe that there is any investment vehicle out there, which has offered consistent returns like this.
The added advantage is that I have grown in every respect and I now see the world very differently, people that would not have given me a second glance a few years ago, actually go to great lengths to connect with me now, resources that were unavailable to me a few years ago, are far more accessible too, everything has changed for the better. No other investment could ever have given me this much meaning and contentment.
The level of success you get to enjoy is a mirror reflection of your self-identity and can never exceed your own self-development. Something this important deserves your full commitment and should be an integral part of your goals and planning for the future. Your level of personal development is like the gauge on a thermostat. As you continue to improve, and grow, you gradually move your personal thermostat to a higher and higher number. As this number increases, so too does your personal set point or the limit of what you are capable of achieving.
A thermostat that is set at 22 degrees Celsius will regulate the temperature in a room and will introduce cold or heat as needed, to ensure the temperature in the room remains constant. Your set point is exactly the same and is based on your level of personal development and the picture you have in your mind about your self-worth. No matter what happens in your environment, a financial windfall, and loss of weight on a strict diet or relationships seeming to go well, you will always return to your own set point, dictated by your level of personal development and self-worth.
Over 80 % of lottery winners in The USA, either loose, squander or are completely bankrupt within 18 months of their large windfall. How can this be possible, they were earning $ 30 000 a year before they won $ 10 000 000, how could they manage to blow all that money in such a short space of time. Simply put, they were thrust out of their comfort zone, into unchartered territory, where their level of financial worth far exceeded their inner self-worth and level of personal development. They simply adjusted their lives until they were back in sync with their own set points.
As you continually learn and grow and you keep improving your own set point, through your commitment to on-going personal development, everything in your life will improve. As Jim Rohn, so aptly said “If you want to have more, you must become more. For things to change, you have to change. For things to get better, you have to get better”
It is thus very clear that as you grow and become more:
• Your financial worth will increase.
• Your relationships will improve.
• You will connect with remarkable people.
• Your career or business will improve.
• Your health will improve.
• Every external factor will eventually mirror your growth in equal correlation.
Benjamin Franklin said it so well “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest”
Stop looking at the cost of your personal development and start to see the worth or value that it adds to your life. Any investment that you make into personal development materials, coaches or seminars is essentially free. As you learn more, you eventually earn more and you become far more valuable than you would have remained, had you not invested into your personal growth. Look at your dreams and goals, does the investment you are making into your personal development match the size and scope of these goals and dreams? When it does, you will catapult yourself forward and all your dreams and fantasies will become reality.

Author's Bio: 

Andrew is an expert and master teacher that speaks and teaches self-leadership, expanded awareness, effectiveness, efficiency and productivity. He guides individuals and business professionals, to identify, prioritise and carry out the right activities, consistently, so that they can maximise their personal effectiveness and deliver their best; on time, every time. All the tools and techniques Andrew teaches; have been tested in the laboratory of his own life and the many successful businesses he has owned and led, over the past 20 years. These strategies have seen Andrew achieve financial independence and reach a point of harmonious balance in all areas of his life. His purpose is to help as many people as possible, achieve similar or better results and to show them how they can realise their full potential, both personal and professionally and to help them live a meaningful life, where they are fulfilled in all areas.