A 10-Point Guide For A Smart Personal Investment
18 Oct 2016
Success comes with a price. The cost may be in the form of venture capital, financial intermediaries and right business network. Success, however, is not always quantifiable. For some people, this could mean having an untainted reputation, stellar scholastic records or a massive social media linkage.
Regardless of how you define success, it is an undeniable fact that you need to capitalize on yourself. You are the captain of your ship. You must be fully equipped to ensure you triumphantly reach your destination. In simple words, invest in yourself.
Check out our list of the overlooked things you need to invest for yourself.
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The Winning Face
Face life’s challenges with a winning face. Researchers from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland found that young children can predict who are more likely to win French elections based on the candidates’ facial appearance. The findings, published in the journal Science, suggest that the human brain tends to rely on quick and easy techniques when faced with a large volume of information. This mental shortcut, also referred to as “heuristics,” explains why some people judge others by the way they look.
A winning face is glowing and free from acne, wrinkles and scars. Consult a licensed dermatologist about safe skincare tips, possible procedures (e.g. warts removal, facial peeling etc.) and anti-aging skin products.
The Smile of Victory
Poor oral health is not only unhygienic. It is also linked to increased risk of stroke or diabetes, according to the British Dental Health Foundation.
British social scientist Malcolm Gladwell regards good teeth as the new symbol of social status. Visit a dentist at least once a year for an annual consultation and cleaning. You may also ask about teeth whitening and realignment.
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The Crowning Glory
US presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton once said, “If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.” A haircut can easily make or break an appearance. It is important to exercise proper hair care by keeping a healthy diet and good hygiene.
Thanks to technological innovations, there is a wide array of hair loss treatments and natural hair transplantation methods for both men and women. A hair transplant is a lasting investment. Be sure to seek advice only from licensed professionals.
The Beauty From Within
Maintaining good health is probably the best thing you can do for yourself. No amount of wealth, power and prestige can equal having a fit and healthy body.
First, follow the basics: eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, squeeze the sleep you need each day, manage stress and ditch nasty habits. Next, clear your mind and cultivate happiness.
The Superior Physique
A study in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that better fitness is linked to significantly higher achievement scores in school. Researchers found that relatively fit students had higher test scores than their less-fit peers.
Celebrity doctor Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends cardiovascular exercises at least three times a week and 30-minute strength trainings each week.
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The Power Dress
Dr. Margaret King of the Center for Cultural Studies & Analysis strongly advises job candidates to be properly dressed for an interview. She shares that many employers lament that applicants do not realize how their appearance affect job interviews and prospects in the office.
Forget about fads. Choose clothes that suit you. World-renowned fashion designer Carolina Herrera shares her secret to aging gracefully: “Knowing what looks good on you at all ages. If you try to dress in a young way when you’re old, you’re going to look even older. Shorts, for example, are for young people with lovely legs.”
The Beautiful Mind
Learning is an endless process. Whether you aspire to be a revolutionary entrepreneur or a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, skills and knowledge are essential. The world is getting smarter and to stay ahead of the game, you must feed your mind.
Read good books, engage in real conversations and stay curious. If you must, go back to school and learn a new field.
The Positive Mindset
According to researchers from Harvard Medical School, a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness and engagement can do wonders to a person’s overall wellbeing. Emotional vitality can protect the body from diseases such as health illnesses, strokes, diabetes and mental distress.
Learn how to unload life’s burdens through meditation and connecting with other people. Dr. Laura Kubzansky of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shares: “Everyone needs to find a way to be in the moment to find a restorative state that allows them to put down their burdens.”
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The Kind Heart
Connecting with your community is an effective stress buster. Take time to talk to people, build new friendships and find a sense of belongingness wherever you go.
You may volunteer in a charity championing an advocacy close to your heart. You can also call a family working overseas, enjoy afternoon tea with a new neighbor or invite a coworker for a trip to the coffeeshop.
Cultivating healthy relationships is an investment for yourself.
The Humble Soul
Discover your own sense of meaning and purpose through spiritual wellness. This personal investment transcends to the innermost recesses of your being. The National Wellness Institute recommends yoga and meditative practices such as mindfulness meditation.