Why investments in YOU pay off

Investments in youSometimes it is hard to see the forests for the trees. You might even know what you need to do to be successful but you are afraid of the investment so you sit on your hands.

Why investments in YOU pay off

We all do it. Business people fear investments because they can’t predict future customer growth and job seekers do it because they fear that investing in professional career marketing services will not yield enough return to be able to justify the cost.

I understand that line of thinking. But in both scenarios, lack of investment may mean failure too. The business owner may make mistakes because they didn’t think they could afford an accountant or lawyer or the right marketing advice. And the job seeker may continue to flounder, throwing out multiple resumes without a response or getting an interview.

I just wanted to tell you that I sent out my resume to one company and I was offered a job, which I accepted. This is a dream job for me! ~ M.C. | Registered Nurse

As weeks turn into months and for some years, people who are afraid to invest in learning how to do things correctly or in the right career marketing materials will continue to struggle. Those people who are proactive find that their investment yields results in a job of their dreams.

“They just hired me as their night manager.  I begin this Friday.  Thank you for all your assistance.  Without you, I know I would never have gotten the position. I’m excited & can’t wait to start.  Thank you. ~ S. B. | Restaurant General Manager

At what point do investments in you pay off?


  1. Jeri Hird Dutcher on September 15, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Julie, you’re so right on both accounts. Our fears often hold us back not from things that would harm us but from things that would help us grow. It takes confidence and knowing ourselves to take the leap of faith a business or a new job requires. But just like you said, it’s called a leap of faith, not a leap of failure. Thanks once again for your wisdom.

    • Julie Walraven on September 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Jeri! I can’t help but wish I knew what I know now 20 years ago…

  2. Phyllis Mufson on September 19, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Great topic Julie and very well said. I couldn’t agree more. With the economy gyrating and skills changing rapidly it’s really important to keep current. A strategy that works for me (and that I encourage my clients to do as well) is to create a separate bank account on automatic deposit just for professional development.

    Then you have a fund to call on if you lose your job or want to get professional help with your search or upgrade your skills. You don’t have to stress about whether you can afford it at a time when money may be tight.

  3. Kevin on September 20, 2011 at 12:28 am

    To lessen the fear, I convince myself that compared with gambling, investing has a higher chance of succeeding. Congratulations on getting your dream job. Not everyone gets to have that kind of privilege.

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