I love a bargain. I love finding designer labels in charity shops and at vintage fairs; excellent apps for free; and special offers on Green & Black chocolate. It all saves a few pennies and there is the fun and thrill of getting a great deal.
And then there are times when I need to spend the money. It is not a question of getting the cheapest, but of making an investment, particularly in oneself.
I have written before about my vision story, taking a year to come back to London from Chester. But in reality, I had started planning my return long before the date I made my declaration of intent. I knew that for the sort of job I wanted, although my experience was brilliant, one of the key criteria of every job I looked at was a degree. I had done enough hiring myself in the corporate sphere to know that in cases of high levels of applications, this was a way of sifting people out of the running. So in my 30s, I invested 3.5 years and several thousands of pounds (with no grant) to get my degree. After I had got the job I wanted, I asked if the degree made a difference - I was told they wouldn’t have looked at my application without it.
When I hit a complete block (as I perceived it) in my career, I invested several hundred pounds in coaching to help me find a way through.
Having discovered coaching was my vocation, I invested (and continue to invest) in my training and personal development. (This doesn’t take into consideration all other money I invest in my business.)
I often have people who want to take me for coffee, “for a chat”. What they really want is an hour’s free coaching; instead, I offer them an initial consultation which is 20 minutes over the phone. I am not offended by their request and don’t take it personally as it usually isn’t about me. If they want to talk to me for an hour about their situation, they have already decided I am a good coach for them.
The issue they haven’t resolved is how much of an investment they think they are worth. The investments I made were all at times when I didn’t have spare cash (I was employed full time, but the pay wasn’t great). My degree meant no holidays, no eating out, no treats. It was during this time, through necessity, that I discovered the marvellously good quality clothes you can find in charity shops. But I knew I had to “speculate to accumulate” - and I still do.
If you want to develop and grow personally or in your business, there are times you have to pay for the training, seminars, coaching, memberships, expertise, etc.
So, how much are you and your goals worth?
If this has struck a chord with you and you want to find out if an investment in coaching will support you, book for a Light the Blue Touchpaper session.