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Come on, man! Investing in Yourself

Come on, man! Investing in Yourself

The amount of people on social media, particularly Linkedin, who feel everyone there is open game for free help is astounding. You get what you pay for. (I’m astounded at some people in my own community who in one breath will brag about how well they’re doing and in the next explain that they can’t afford to attend something.)

When you ask for free help, you’re asking for a favor from people who are being asked that same question by hundreds of others. Moreover, you’re asking that they make an exception to earning a living, just for you, when their profession is coaching others. Those most willing to offer free help are almost always those who, themselves, are not doing well. There seems to be an inverse proportion between the amount of free advice and personal success.

The best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Find the best coach you can—almost every successful business person, athlete, entertainer, etc., has used coaches—and pay the fee, which is the same as buying stock, except you’re the investment.

On the internet, no one knows you’re a dog. Or that you’re someone who doesn’t know up from down. Beware of your source.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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