Investing in Myself: How much money I spent on personal development over the years
In this blog post, I want to dive into a topic that my friend Michelle recently brought up: the value of investing in oneself. Michelle questioned the intangible nature of personal development investments, and it got me thinking about my own journey. Today, I'll share with you my experiences and the transformative impact of the investments I've made in myself over the years.
Bodybuilding Coaching: A Solid Start Let's rewind to 2010 when I first hired my bodybuilding coach. At the time, the idea of bodybuilding was foreign to me, and I was intrigued. Although the coaching was not highly personalized, following the plans and committing to the program yielded incredible results. The investment I made here set the stage for further growth.
Moving on to Experience and Personalization As I delved deeper into bodybuilding, I realized the need for a more experienced and specialized coach. Investing ten times more than my initial coach, I gained invaluable knowledge, explored different techniques, and customized my training and nutrition plans. The one-on-one attention helped me learn and later apply my learnings to coaching my own clients.
Beyond Bodybuilding: Seeking Fulfillment While bodybuilding brought physical transformations, I soon realized that a great physique didn't guarantee overall life satisfaction. I embarked on a journey to address other areas of my life. This led me to landmark education courses, where I invested in my personal development. The landmark forum and advanced course helped me explore personal growth and cost around $700 and $1,000, respectively.
Personal Coaching: Accountability and Accomplishments In 2015, I hired a personal coach through Landmark, committing to weekly 45-minute phone conversations for three months at $250 per week. This investment proved life-changing, providing me with accountability and helping me accomplish numerous goals, from getting my American citizenship to training for figure competitions. The level of freedom and fulfillment I experienced during this period was priceless.
Continued Growth: Communication and Leadership Following landmark education, I pursued communications courses in New York, costing around $1,000 each. In addition, I enrolled in the Landmark Team Management and Leadership Program, a year-long commitment with quarterly trips to New York City and additional weekly classes. Although the program fee was $750 per year, the accumulated costs of travel, accommodation, and other expenses amounted to $8,000 to $10,000 per year.
Investing in oneself is a journey that goes beyond material possessions. My personal growth and transformation have come from committing to ongoing development, whether in bodybuilding or personal education. By investing in coaches, courses, and programs, I've gained invaluable knowledge, achieved goals, and experienced life-changing moments. Remember, sustained commitment is key to reaping long-term benefits. Embrace the opportunity to invest in yourself and unlock your true potential.