For the past few months, the entire world has been under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In these hard times, a lot of people were let go from the jobs that they thought were secure and stable.
Due to social distancing, all offices are closed. As a result, most people are working from home for only a fraction of their salaries or are jobless.
But without any exceptions, everybody is facing financial problems. With lesser or no income, it is tough to keep our households afloat for our families.
In this article, I’m going to tell you about a stock that is guaranteed to give you 1000% returns during these tough times.
The investment I’m talking about is – YOURSELF.
Investing in stocks is filled with risky decisions. There is always a chance of you losing all your investment in case the stock crashes. But, investing in yourself is still an entirely risk-free decision, and will yield profits for you, in the long run.
During this lockdown period, we have a lot of time on our hands. Perhaps, more than we will ever have again after the lockdown ends, and we get back to our hectic 9-to-5 schedules. Utilize this crucial time by learning a new skill through which you can improve yourself as a person.
Everyone is a sales person
Think about Windows XP. It was the most popular operating system of its time. When it was released, people went crazy for it. If Microsoft hadn’t released any other operating systems after that and we had to use Windows XP today, Microsoft would not be where it is.
But, Microsoft didn’t stop at XP. They released Windows 7, 8 and then 10. They kept updating their products according to the demands of its customers, the market, and their competition, and that is why Microsoft rules the market when it comes to operating systems.
Compare yourself to Windows. As an employee, you have to be able to “sell” yourself to potential employers. If you go to a job interview today and say that your best skill is knowing how to use a computer, they’ll end your interview at that very moment. Today, with so many people, hungry and competing for a limited number of jobs, it is tough to gain employment that pays well.
What are you waiting for?
Therefore, to stay ahead of the curve, you have to keep updating yourself.
Even if you are already employed, you still have to keep learning new things and keep working on yourself. If you refuse to become flexible and instead stop working on yourself thinking that you have a stable job and don’t need to put in so much effort anymore, there will soon be a day when your employer will replace you with someone more skilled than you.
“Flowing water never gets dirty.”A wise man
A river keeps itself clean because it’s always running, but a still pond is always dirty.
So, get out of your comfort zone, stop making excuses, and start working on gaining that skill you always wanted.
Attend that “Public-Speaking” tutorial that you were always too busy for. Work on your fluency and Speaking skills to gain more confidence in yourself. Get up, start working out in your own home, and finally lose those extra few kilos that you promised you would lose if you had time to go to the gym. Do anything else that improves you and makes you feel wholesome
Remember that opportunities come but do not linger. Although this is an unfortunate time for everyone, we have to focus on the positives and find the silver lining in the clouds.
You can transform this time into a defining period for your life.
Think of this lockdown as an opportunity. One that every other person has, but very few will utilize it. More the efforts you put in for yourself, the greater is the return on investment. Better health, better sleep, more prosperous you will be.
There are numerous ways in which you can work on improving yourself.
Top 5 resources to enhance learn skills online are:
Most of the courses on these sites are free. Nowadays, you can learn almost anything from Youtube, be it cooking, programming, sewing, dancing, starting your own business, etc.
Step by step guide to get any course free on Coursera
1 – Find the course you’re interested in. Click on the “Enroll for free” or “Enroll” button.
2 – Select the “Audit only” or “Full Course, No Certificate” option and click on Continue.
3 – Voila! You can now view all the contents of the course. Enjoy your learning!
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