You ARE Worth Spending Money On
When I was younger, my father always said these words to me whenever I wanted or needed something:
You’re costing me money, kid.
Those words kept me up at night as it didn’t matter if it was for school supplies or a Ring Pop, the answer was always the same. I grew up with this warped sense when it came to asking for help as I didn’t want anyone else to give me the same reaction. I will flat out deny presents from people because I kept telling myself that I wasn’t worth spending money on. When I was flat broke, I pawned my engagement ring rather than ask anyone to lend me money. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I had an epiphany after my fiance said this:
Kylie Elizabeth Tiffin, you are worth spending money on.
Turn’s out, he’s right in more ways than one. People like spending money on others that they care about, so the fact that people want to spend money on me means that they care. However, those aren’t the only people who should spend money on you.
While there are many ways to grow as a person, one of the best ways to be successful is to invest in yourself. This could mean anything from coaching to classes to groups. Now, you don’t need thousands of dollars to get started and most programs have some form of freebie in the form of a webinar, PDFs, free trials, etc. That way, you can try them out to see if it’s right for you. Here are some resources that I found over the years to help you improve your skill set and mindset.
Skillshare - You’ve probably seen this being sponsored around YouTube. Think of it like Netflix for skill building as you’re watching videos about how to everything from illustration to running your own business. I tend to go there whenever I want to improve my graphic or video editing skills.
Udemy - Here, you’re buying specific classes, so you’re only paying to learn the things you want to learn. This is how I updated my coding skills after graduating college.
Calm - This is an app that helps with meditation. My mind is always going a thousand miles a minute, but in order for you to be successful, you need something that calms your mind and allows you to destress once in a while. The app can also help you get to sleep with stories, which helps when you can only sleep with something going on in the background.
Business Books - I’m always growing my book collection, both fictional and professional. I currently have about 12 books on my desk ranging in subjects like brand messaging, social media tactics, advertising concepts, and most importantly, mindset restructuring. These have helped me get as far as I have today, especially the “Tools of Titans” book by Tim Ferriss.
The way you think about yourself determines your success, so don’t be afraid to put in the money and effort to make sure you become a better person.