” Your level of success will seldom exceed your level of self-development, because success is something you attract by the person you become” —- Jim Rohn
Once upon a time, there lived two men with entirely different goals, different dreams, different perceptive, and different lifestyles. These two men both had one thing in common though; they both wanted to look back on their lives on their death bed and agree that their lives were what they wanted it to be- successful, full of happiness, and one in which people remembered.
Charles, was a Farmer in the Texas who reared cattle and planted seeds, whose business was in bloom, lived in a ranch house and has two beautiful children and a wife who undoubtedly loves him.
Anthony, on the other hand was a manager at a supermarket who earned a reasonable amount of money, had a drinking problem, alimony to pay, bills breathing down his neck, and in the brink of losing his job.
Then something happened.
Charles’ farm took a back-turn and Anthony lost his job due to countless incompetence on his part.
On their death bed, Charles was full of regret and Anthony had a smile plastered on his face and a large recurring thought-” I have lived and made my mark”- what then changed these men?
Weeks after Anthony’s workplace had closed down, he fell into a deep depression and tried overdosing on sleeping pills, his neighbor got a wind on the situation and called the paramedics. Two weeks in the hospital and no means of paying the bills, Anthony started slipping back into bolts of depression until he got a visit that ended up changing his life.
Anthony lay on the hospital bed one afternoon and heard a soft knock on the hospital door, looked up and was stunned at the figure (it was his best friend from high school, who he lost contact with) that stood by the door frame.
It took Klaus weeks to bring the usual smile he knew on Anthony’s face and when the smile came on, the work began. Klaus had been in sync with constantly developing oneself, and he strongly believed that change was possible no matter where one had been in. Klaus introduced Anthony to a life of continuous learning and endless reading, which in turn turned out to be the best decision on Anthony’s part.
Six months after the suicide incident, Anthony moved out from Klaus’ house to a tiny apartment he had rented out with the little money he got from doing side jobs. Anthony continued his habit of reading and started implementing the advice in the books. Anthony started working on his habits, his drinking addiction, and every other area in his life. His decision to take charge of his life totally set his life in a new direction.
A year into his investment in personal growth, he implemented a business idea, and started his own business. During the course of his business, he encountered diverse challenges that his new found knowledge helped him put into focus and overcome. Three years into the business, Anthony had 30 people in his employ, his business experienced constant growth and soon became a landmark in its industry, thereby positioning Anthony as an expert in his field. The single decision Anthony took to embark on personal development totally helped him face his fears, tear down limiting beliefs and attitudes, face his insecurities, be more decisive, improve his self esteem, help him reconnect with his family, and build an institution he could be proud of.
Charles on the other hand, had a different story to tell. He fell into a wind of depression like Anthony did. All his hard work and dedication yielding to naught. Charles could no longer take care of his family, started drinking and started beating up his wife. He couldn’t get over the sudden change in lifestyle, of having nothing, of being constantly out of control. This anger of losing everything spread to every part of his life, until every part of it burnt to crisp. His wife could no longer hold unto a man who was lost and unwilling to find himself, so one night after he came home drunk, she took her things while he was asleep and left with the children by her side. Charles woke up in the morning to a note that reminded him that everything he had was gone. He delved more into the drinking until the drinking took everything he had, including his life.
Like Warren Buffet said: “The very best investment to make is one you can’t beat, can’t be taxed, and one not even inflation can take away from you. One that supersedes all others: invest in yourself. Nobody can take away what you’ve got in yourself, and everybody has potential they haven’t used yet.”
Investing in personal growth has such a valuable ROI (return on investment) that cannot be outweighed. It makes you understand yourself more and puts you in a position for success.
Why not get out there, take the time out and see yourself go places! The universe loves a soul that has value to give.