Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Be a teacher – Be a student!

In a book about the stock market, Fernando Braga de Matos (Portuguese author) makes an interesting observation:

"If you think in the amount of stuff where you can put your money and get a return you'll most probably get a headache. There's one way to apply capital, however, that's the most rewarding of them all: in yourself."

This might sound odd for a book about the stock market, but it's just a "down to earth" advice. He gives a couple of examples too: If you're a really good looking brunette with deep green eyes, it might be worth investing in your body image (model maybe?); If you're a high intellectual machine, maybe invest in a MBA or something similar; If you have a brilliant idea, entrepreneurship might be the right path.
Although I'm interested in the stock market and financial instruments, I do invest in myself whenever I can. Here goes one of my personal experiences:

It was the year 2013 and I wanted to buy a new car. I love driving and I have a passion about cars. I already had a VW Golf 2.0 TDI with 170bhp (fun machine), but I wanted more. It's an emotional side, I don't avoid it – I learned to control that emotional side when it comes to cars. At the same time, I realized that I had to do something to take my career one step further. Looking at the options, it made sense to me to attend an Executive Masters in Project Management. Approximately 10.000€ – which was a lot of money at that time (it still is!).

Executive Masters

So, on one side there's an investment (education, yourself). On the other an object with high depreciation. Can you guess what I chose?

Well, it's a no-brainer. I grabbed those 10k€ and went "back to school" riding my VW (which, by the way, I still LOVE). I could have bought a new car; I could have gone in a really awesome vacation; I could have invested even more in the stock market; I could have bought a new furniture for my house; I didn't. I chose to invest in myself. I wanted to learn more, I thought it would be fun (it really was!). I realized that I deserved the investment. Education should be seen as an investment rather than an expense. Some do good investments, other choose the wrong "path" to invest. Either way, never stop learning. I love cars. A car can never give me the pleasure for so much time as the knowledge, relationships and connections I got from that investment in myself.

Final note: was it worth the money? YES! I would do it again!

* Be a teacher – Be a student! *