Qerja, 5 years ago
Remember how seeing those numbers appear on your account book come paycheck day gives you rush every time? It’s easy to turn that shot of almost-adrenaline into an excuse to put on your imaginary shoes and run to spend it to your heart’s desire. But before you do that, read some of our recommendations on how to be a responsible big spender. We swear this is not your usual be-prudent-and-save piece. Here we encourage you to spend! Productively, that is.
1. Take up Gardening
No, not of the rose and jasmine variety, but plant yourself a money tree by investing your money. The beauty of investing is that there’s something for every budget. If you can’t afford that house, that chunk of gold, or that piece of burial land yet, there’s always the stock market and foreign currency speculation as options.
You’re never too early or too late to start either. Warren Buffett, the world-famous investor and one of the richest men in the world, started when he was 11, while Lo Kheng Hong, dubbed Indonesian Warren Buffett, dipped his toes in the world of investing at 30 years old.
2. Learn How to Fly
You’re currently running, but what if you can fly? What if you can learn how to perform better at work? That’s where training comes in. Besides keeping you updated with the newest knowledge and skill in the industry, training, once completed, will provide you with certification that you can use to pad your résumé. As a huge side bonus, you get to network as well, which in turn will open up opportunities for partnership, help you catch information grapevine, or simply expand your social circle. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!
3. Enroll in a Gym
The kind of gym we’re talking about is the gym where you build your brain muscle and one of the best ways to do that is to read. Reading supplies with not only with knowledge but also inspirations. Read materials related to your job, read materials unrelated to it, read just to flex your brain muscle. Read. Need a little bit more convincing? Look at the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and pick several names. We can guarantee that at least one of them reads regularly. Bill Gates himself, the richest man in the world in 2015, has been known to strive to read a book a week. All leaders are readers, said Harry S. Truman, the 33rd US president. There you go, wise word from the man on the top.
If the idea of sitting down and reading an entire book induces a yawn in you, remember that reading doesn’t always have to involve a book. You can opt for newspapers, magazines, or online supplementary like Quora or Flipboard.
4. Do What Makes You Happy
The quote goes, time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Your hobbies give you pleasure; why not consider turning them into something more? There’s always an opportunity hidden in everything if you’re willing to look hard enough. Say you enjoy travelling. Have you ever thought of keeping a travel journal and posting it online or even better, publishing it? Or maybe you find joy in cooking or baking. They say sharing is caring, we say sharing your craft with colleagues might get people interested. It’s one thing to do something you enjoy and it’s another to do something you enjoy AND manage to carve out a business opportunity out of it.
Of course, it’s entirely up to you how to spend it. In the end, you’re the boss of your own money. But do you still remember the almost-adrenaline shot mentioned above? If you can spend your money now in ways that will give you back more money to spend in the future, why not consider our recommendations? Or perhaps you have your own tricks on how to spend money to earn more money? Tell us below!
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