What do you think is your most valuable asset? You might have 2 houses, 3 cars and investments in fixed deposits and mutual funds. But unless you are not at your best as possible, all the assets are not of much use to you. For example, if you are unwell, you will not be using your cars to go anywhere. If you have a stressed life where you are working 18 hours a day and are constantly frustrated trying to balance life and work, you will not have time to enjoy the returns from your investment.
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Another way to look at it is that if you do not improve yourself, you will be less valuable over a period of time. Just like the value of money falls over a period of time due to inflation, your value decreases with you growing older, being unaware of newer stuff in the world, people being younger and better skilled than you etc. You should strive to maintain the maximum value for yourself – this can be done in various ways –
Plan finances properly
Invest in Professional Development
It is important to develop yourself professionally. Today you might have a good job, meaty role with a great package and responsibilities. But this can change if you do not keep up with the demands and the changing trends of your industry and profession. You should update yourself, be aware of developments in your area of expertise and slowly and steadily expand your role and responsibilities. This will make you more valuable. Read: Money Vs Job Satisfaction
Respect your body and mind
You have to treat your mental and physical health with respect. You have to give your body enough rest so that it remains healthy. You should give time for activities such that your mind is rejuvenated. You should keep your body fit. There are a host of activities that you can do like Yoga, Trekking etc. You should eat sensibly. You should keep some time for engaging in activities that you like or enjoy such as pursuing your hobbies, socializing or devoting time to social causes. As the proverb goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, it is better to work effectively towards having optimal health than trying to repair what is wrong. A healthy body and sound mind go a long way in managing problems and stress efficiently.
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It is important to treat yourself as an important asset as it will build resilience and confidence and you will be able to build a sound future. Must share what you feel about this & what you are doing to preserve human capital….