It’s the last month of the year and before we cel­e­brate this sea­son that God gave us, I believe that reflect­ing on the past few months of this year could be a great thing for us to face the new year. Are you excit­ed about it?

As I reflect, there were so many things hap­pened in my life that I can be thank­ful enough and I would like to share it with you those 7 things that I start­ed doing in my life that I believe will pay me off for­ev­er and you too!

Here are the 7 things that will pay you off for­ev­er:

1. Invest­ing in your­self

One of the best things that hap­pened in my life was the time I invest­ed on it. Before I was frus­trat­ed about my life because I didn’t know what to do with it.

I have no direc­tion in life, no goals, no plans and liv­ing a life just to exists was not so good because life is meant to be cel­e­brat­ed because of its pur­pose.

And so while my life was wrecked and messy, I made a deci­sion for myself to invest on it.

If I could invest mon­ey on gad­gets, online games and some of the things that don’t mat­ter in life, why not use my mon­ey to make my life pur­pose­ful? And so I start­ed read­ing books even I don’t read books in my life­time except for those heavy books I used to car­ry when I was study­ing.

After read­ing books, I learned that there are live events like sem­i­nars, train­ing that could open up more oppor­tu­ni­ties for me to learn from peo­ple, and so even it was too uncom­fort­able for me to be with the strangers because I am an intro­vert, I coerced myself to sign up to sem­i­nars in which I am inter­est­ed in involv­ing with, and my life has nev­er been the same because of it.

Con­tin­ue learn­ing is what fuels my pas­sion for life­long learn­ing, and every­thing I have learned and I will going to learn… I am gen­er­ous­ly giv­ing it to you by shar­ing it here in my blog, so stay tuned!

2. Being hon­est

Most of my friends told me that some­times I am bru­tal­ly hon­est. And yes, there are times I speak what I feel. If giv­en an oppor­tu­ni­ty to give feed­back to some­one, I am proud that I can be too hon­est about it. Because I believe being hon­est will help peo­ple a lot to reflect on them­selves than sug­ar coat­ing your words to make peo­ple com­fort­able.

And did you know that the great thing about being hon­est (being true, telling the truth, liv­ing in integri­ty) is that you nev­er have to remem­ber what you said? Why? Because you know to your­self that you tell the truth, there’s no guilt on it and it will not give you stress.

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When you speak the truth, you speak and for­get it. Oth­er­wise, if you speak a lie, you won’t eas­i­ly for­get what you just have said, because you will keep think­ing about it and you’ll stress your­self what if that per­son fig­ured out that you’re not telling the truth? The chances are you will become stressed because of it, hence bet­ter to speak the truth.

3. Watch­ing where your mon­ey goes.

While this is a per­son­al finance stuff which one of the things I am pas­sion­ate about, even you are not a mon­ey-mind­ful per­son, mon­i­tor­ing your expens­es will pay you off.

Where your mon­ey goes? Do you love to spend on big pur­chas­es? But did you know that you can be buried in debt by spend­ing on small pur­chas­es? What are those small pur­chas­es? They are the food you eat, your mobile or inter­net sub­scrip­tions, loans and etc.

Mon­i­tor­ing your expens­es will pay you off BIG time.

4. Dai­ly exer­cise rou­tine.

Exer­cise can be a daunt­ing task for most of us.

First, it’s too uncom­fort­able because it takes out the blood and sweat out of you.

Sec­ond­ly, Mil­lenials were the lazi­est gen­er­a­tion of all the gen­er­a­tions that have come! I’d rather take vit­a­mins and sup­ple­ments to lose weight? Why should I go to the gym?

Hon­est­ly, that’s one of my many excus­es why I don’t exer­cise but in order for me to live my life to the fullest, I need not only to chal­lenge my brain cells to learn some­thing new but my body also needs to chal­lenge in order for it to grow.

I’m not real­ly a fan of sup­ple­ments, though they are effec­tive but they don’t chal­lenge your body to grow and teach it to endure pain and chal­lenges along the way. And for me I believe, hav­ing an exer­cise rou­tine is the best, it makes you more atten­tive, and phys­i­cal­ly attrac­tive.

5. Prac­tice Pub­lic Speak­ing

I believe pub­lic speak­ing is one of the essen­tial skills that most peo­ple need. Through­out the years I hat­ed myself for not being able to com­mu­ni­cate my thoughts prop­er­ly. Most of my friends noticed that I am afraid to speak up, well that’s my nature because I’m an intro­vert.

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Through­out my career, I always received a feed­back that I need to improve my com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, though I am a more tech­ni­cal­ly inclined per­son, my pre­vi­ous man­ag­er believed that learn­ing how to com­mu­ni­cate prop­er­ly to the stake­hold­ers and cus­tomers are far more great­ly impor­tant than any­thing else.

And because of that feed­back, I took it to my heart as a les­son and start­ed over­com­ing myself by attempt­ing to vis­it a Toast­mas­ter Club near­by office. From that day on, my life has changed for the bet­ter. I was bet­ter than good.

Toast­mas­ters has helped me to build my self-con­fi­dence and how I am going to com­mu­ni­cate effec­tive­ly with peo­ple either in small meet­ings or large events like con­fer­ences and sem­i­nars. And besides one of my dreams is to become a best-sell­ing author and moti­va­tion­al speak­er some­day and I am thank­ful that I took this first step.

If you think pub­lic speak­ing is not for you, don’t wor­ry, Toast­mas­ters was not just exist­ed for pub­lic speak­ing train­ing, it’s mis­sion is to make lead­ers, Toast­mas­ters Inter­na­tion­al is the place where great lead­ers are made — because great lead­ers are effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tors.

6. Doc­u­ment­ing every­thing.

Cur­rent­ly, I have two local men­tors in book writ­ing, Sha Naci­no and Den­nis Sy. Both of them are my good men­tors, and I look up to them as my inspi­ra­tion to write a book.

Just this year, I launched my first book which I intend­ed to write for myself because I wrote my tes­ti­mo­ny of God’s grace in my life in a hun­dred-page book. If you want to read it, go buy one copy from me. 🙂

I’ve met many peo­ple who want to write a book also but nev­er start­ed writ­ing. Pas­tor Den­nis Sy taught us that in order for us to write a book, write first, then write and write and write.

I have a con­fes­sion to make, after my first book, I was actu­al­ly very dis­cour­aged to write anoth­er one because of the crit­i­cism I received from oth­ers that my book was poor­ly writ­ten, because of gram­mat­i­cal errors. And I admit that it was poor­ly edit­ed not poor­ly writ­ten. I repeat, it was poor­ly edit­ed.

But my men­tors have taught me to per­se­vere and con­tin­ue writ­ing, besides I am not writ­ing for one sin­gle per­son who can crit­i­cize my work, I am writ­ing for myself and I just want­ed to share it with the world in a form of a book.

So if you were afraid to write a book like me because you are not good at gram­mar, don’t wor­ry, just write, do your job and the edi­tor will do the rest. Don’t lis­ten to naysay­ers that you can’t. Don’t lis­ten that you are just doing it for fame, you are writ­ing a book because you want to share your sto­ry to the world that can inspire mul­ti­tudes of peo­ple in every nation.

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And one thing you should do first is to doc­u­ment every­thing. Go ahead, write every­thing that you have observed, what are the lessons you’ve learned for the day. Take pic­tures of nature and write some­thing about it.

Make no excus­es any­more. If you can, you will. And one more thing:

7. Mas­ter a skill one at a time.

Before, I was very frus­trat­ed that I am not an expert of one skill. I don’t have a degree in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion to start a busi­ness. I am not a finance expert to invest, and I am not an expert coder to become a pro­gram­mer.

I real­ized that in order to mas­ter a skill, you need to learn it through con­stant prac­tice. I have learned that it pays for­ward to mas­ter mul­ti­ple skills.

I know some peo­ple who are great at cod­ing but lack tech­ni­cal under­stand­ing how the com­put­er works. I know also some pro­gram­mers who even don’t know what to do when their com­put­er crash­es.

I am glad that I learned mul­ti­ple skill when I was young and I owe it to my father. Because when I was young, I used to watch him every time he repairs the car, a bicy­cle or even repair­ing or assem­bling a home fur­ni­ture.

Today, I am proud to say that I have learned so many skills in life. From tech­ni­cal, con­struc­tion, cook­ing, writ­ing and now I am learn­ing how to write a book and pub­lic speak­ing.

And these are the 7 Things Will Pay You Off For­ev­er and I assure you that your future self will thank you for learn­ing these skills.




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I blog about my dis­cov­er­ies and learn­ings with per­son­al devel­op­ment, blog­ging, writ­ing, pub­lic speak­ing, and pub­lish­ing. I am a Jesus fol­low­er. Each month, I send out a newslet­ter with free tips on those top­ics.

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