Today I dropped a LOT of cash on personal development courses, coaching and fitness boot camps. Next month I’m budgeted to spend even more on a course that will help me obtain the certification I need to take my career to the next level. A couple of months ago, I read a really intriguing article that made a great point: when looking at your overall savings and investment portfolio strategy, you should consider yourself as an important piece of that portfolio.

The more I thought about it, the more it made sense—when we invest in something: real estate, stocks, mutual funds, etc., we expect a return of some sort, so why not perceive ourselves the same way? Our ability to generate earnings through our skills most likely means that for a huge chunk of our lives, how much (time, energy, resources…) we invest in ourselves will determine how much of a “return” (income) we receive. Here are a variety of inexpensive ways to invest in yourself, to not only amplify your career potential, but your overall well-being as well:

Books. I love spending Saturday or Sunday afternoons perusing the Business, Biographies, Health/Wellness and How-To sections of my local bookshops. Not surprisingly, I’m a book addict, and probably tear through a book a week. Audio books are great for those who drive a lot.

Blogs. Like books, blogs (found via Google) are one of the first places I go when I want to learn something new….

This is an excerpt from the article The most important part of your investment portfolio: YOU which originally appeared on