Investing gives us more than we could analyze, not just by receiving the fruits of our investment but also the non-financial benefits and values that makes us greater individuals for ourselves and our community.
Just like investing, there are several valuable lessons that we can learn over the course of our lives. Have you ever asked the following questions:
Why do we need to go to school when the things that we need to learn are in the internet?
In my opinion, we go to school not just only to learn and obtain knowledge but also to learn the value of perseverance. Each day is filled with challenges, home works, projects and extracurricular activities that at times can be hard to handle. But by waking up each day, we are in effect saying to ourselves that someday, all the hard work will be rewarded by that graduation toga. If we don’t persevere we won’t be able to graduate, it’s the same for investing: if we don’t persevere to learn investing, we won’t become successful investors.
Why do we have to learn complex mathematical computations when we don't really need it in real life?
Have you ever had times in college or high school where you thought, how can learning the surface area or the limit of x be useful in everyday life? Unless you are an engineer, college math may not be as useful in real life at all. But the act of practicing how to solve complex math problems doesn't just enhance our problem-solving skills, but also helps us realize that no matter how difficult the problem is, there’s always a solution. Sometimes when we invest, there may be times that we will feel lost. Sometimes the investing formulas, financial statements and financial ratios just don't make sense. If we apply the same patience that we did when we were learning complex problems in school, we can also apply it in learning investing formulas. Be patient and keep learning.
Why we should we participate in physical education and sports, when it's not important in the real world at all?
Do you remember the days when you were studying how to play a sport in elementary or high school or college that when you graduated, you already forgot how to play the sport? Or have you ever had times when you realized that learning sports doesn't improve our financial life at all. Shouldn't it be an optional subject and not mandatory? But if we look at it, physical education not only improves our physical heath, helps us learn new sports, but to teaches us to socialize and cooperate. In life and in business, intelligence does not always mean financial success. Sometimes relational and emotional success can also spill the difference between successful people and failures. In physical education and in sports, we learn the value of cooperation and team work. In business and investing, we also need to seek out friends and mentors who can help us and guide us to be successful investors.
As investors, we care for our future and the future of our family. We invest to generate passive income to reach our financial goals. We also invest to avoid financial risks such as being disable or getting sick so that we will not be a burden to our family.
Investing may be difficult at first. But the investor that never gives up on learning will eventually win. It allows us to assess whether our goals are really important to us or not. Investing allows us to identify our values in life. Are we persistent, patient and do we seek mentors? Should we quit or should we hold on to our goals? Should we lower our goal because of challenges or should we rise up and set higher goals?
There are a lot more values we can obtain when we invest. But the bottom line is that investing makes us a better person. It allows us to help our family, our economy and also to become a better you. So, the next time you invest, think not only of the financial benefits of investing but also its non-financial benefits.
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