How to Be a Savvy Investor on Your Personal Stock Exchange

Every day, billions of dollars in stocks are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Wall Street. The numerous investors playing the investment game are in it to win, and winning in this context means getting a return on investment (ROI). For example: if they invest $1 and make $1.25, they win; if they only make $0.75, they lose. It’s simple math, and of course, the higher the return, the better.

You may not be interested in investing in the stock market, but every day, you too are taking part in the investment game. Yes, every day, you’re trading “stocks” on your own personal stock exchange.

On your personal stock exchange, you trade your time, your energy, your talents, your money, and the other resources you’ve got.

To a great extent, your current lifestyle has been shaped by the way you’ve invested your resources in the past, and your future lifestyle will be shaped by the way you invest your resources day after day.

Are you satisfied with your current lifestyle? Are you satisfied with the results you get for the resources you invest? In investment terms, are you satisfied with your ROI?

If the answer is “no”, you’re probably spending too much of your resources on low-value activities, and not enough on high-payoff ones.

Spending a lot of time and energy on low-value activities leads to dissatisfaction, frustration, and even depression, because the efforts invested are not rewarded by results. No farmer wants to till the ground and sow seeds without, at one point, reaping a crop.

To increase your personal ROI, you should aim at investing as much of your resources as possible in activities that are important and valuable to you; these are the activities that will give you the highest ROI. For example, if your family is truly important and valuable to you, then spending quality time with your spouse and children will bring you great satisfaction and happiness, because it’s a high ROI activity. On the other hand, being too busy to share enriching moments with your loved ones will ultimately leave you dissatisfied and frustrated.

If your own personal development is valuable to you, then instead of slouching on the couch, watching television shows of little value, why not invest in your continued education: read a book, listen to an audio program, or watch a video on a topic that will increase your value in the marketplace or make you a better person.

High ROI activities are very personal; what’s important and valuable to one person, may not be to another. So the question is: What’s important and valuable to you? Answer this, and you’ll have a good idea of where you should invest your resources.

Make the decision to invest time, energy, money, talent, and other resources in high ROI activities. Do this, and you’ll become a great investor in your own personal stock exchange.

Question: Are you satisfied with the results you’re getting for the resources you’re investing? You can leave a comment below.