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Worry Warning: If You Still Knew What You Know Now Then

Inflation rampant!  Mortgage interest rates sky high!  Money Market funds paying over 12%!  6 Month Bank CDs paying over 8%!

Almost any relatively safe investment medium like money market accounts or CDs was paying a handsome return on investment.  It was a time of potentially little investment risk for relatively high returns.  Everything was topsy-turvy in that regard.

Fast forward to today.

Inflation situational but not pervasive!  Mortgage interest rates hovering around 4%!  Money Market funds paying less than 1%!  6 Month Bank CDs paying less than .7%!

So, regardless of a long or short-term view on things finding and maintaining a reasonable return on investment (ROI) can be an overwhelming if not impossible challenge.

That may be true in your financial world.  The really bad news is you can’t control most of the circumstances driving the situation.

However, when it comes to experiencing a life well lived you have much more control than on the financial side of things.  In fact, there is one thing you can do that will give you a guaranteed ROI throughout your life regardless of outside influences.

The reason I can offer that assurance is because if you constantly pursue this one thing it becomes a part of you.  As such it can never be taken away from you.

AND, it has some huge additional advantages.

Greater Peace of Mind

So, you say you would like to get to the point in your life where you are fulfilled enough that you feel a greater sense of peace of mind.

What is peace of mind, anyway?  I suppose the simplest explanation of it is being in a state of no stress or feelings of anxiety.

Wow!  That sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

Well, the only way to achieve peace of mind, in my opinion, is through greater understanding of as many aspects of life as you can.

To summarize the point here…the more you know; the more you understand; and the greater your sense of well-being and peace of mind.

The challenge is your life is a progression.  It is not a static event.  Consequently, to maintain a sense of well-being requires you to stay up with life’s progression.

Think about that as you consider the title to this post:  Worry Warning: If You Still Knew What You Know Now Then

Mind Growing not Atrophying

You’ve seen the many reports about brain deterioration as a person ages.  This article does a good job on this whole topic.  Here’s a key quote from it:

“We now know brain function need not decline with age, at least for people who stay healthy and mentally active. By the way, research shows that a lifetime of vigorous learning helps prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease.”

Think about that as you consider the title to this post:  Worry Warning: If You Still Knew What You Know Now Then

Greater Financial Power

There was a recent study completed by the United States Department of Labor that dramatically illustrates the key point of this post.  The point:  The single most important thing you can do to give yourself the greatest return on investment.

Here’s a chart from that study:

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Obviously, the chart reinforces the importance of higher levels of formal education in driving a higher quality of life.  But the benefit of the single most important thing you can do to give yourself the greatest return on investment is further compounded by maintaining a lifelong focus on it.  See the article referenced in the previous section of this post.

Think about that as you consider the title to this post:  Worry Warning: If You Still Knew What You Know Now Then

Here’s the bottom-line on all this…as you deal with the inevitable progression of life, if you only know what you knew in the past your future is at grave risk.

Benjamin Franklin said it best:  An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Constantly build on your knowledge and understanding of the world around you and your investment returns will far exceed those of that crazy time back in 1980.  Oh…and you won’t have the risks either!

There are many things you can do to stay a lifelong learner.  Here’s the best thing, in my opinion.

Never stop asking questions.  Don’t believe me watch this!

Whenever confronted with something new including something as simple as a new day, ask yourself the who, what, why and how questions that drive growth in knowledge.  Then, apply the new information in a meaningful way to some aspect of your life.

garylogonewbrownsmallWhat is the first question you are going to ask to inspire your lifelong learning?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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