“My supervisor just told me the company can pay only half my registration fee for the one-day program I’ve attended for the past four years!” Joanna said to her co-worker, Bill. “So are you going to pay the difference and still go?” Bill responded. “Absolutely not,” she said. “If they don’t value me enough to pay my way, I’m not going.”
Never before have decision-makers looked more closely at their return on investment, but I believe the greatest return you will ever receive is from the investment you make in yourself. Here’s why:
1. Increases self-worth. When you value yourself and invest in your own career or personal growth, it validates who you are and what you believe about yourself. So often, we look to others to tell us we’re good enough or smart enough to handle a situation or opportunity, but it’s when we own our worth that we’re more likely to find the courage and strength to take healthy risks in and outside of the workplace. And the only way to gain self-worth is through personal development and personal responsibility.
2. Increases other-worth. If Joanna decided to attend the off-site program, the message she would send others is that she believes strongly in the value of this training and simply isn’t looking for a company freebie or a day out of the office. Even louder, it would say Joanna believes in spending her hard-earned money on personal growth and development to become an even more effective employee. Certainly someone of this caliber is more likely to be seen as someone the company cannot live without.
3. Increases net-worth. Although you may not see an immediate return on your investment of time and resources, long-term it’s one of the best financial decisions you can make. You’re more likely to gain the tools and techniques necessary to, position yourself as a leader through effective communication or increase your knowledge base with computer software and technology. These abilities create an environment that makes it more likely to increase your net-worth—even if it’s simply through enlarging your networking capabilities.
Invest in you. You’re worth it!