Recently I was talking with a friend about the successes his son has had at swimming. From previous conversations I know that he is paying a decent amount for his son to swim with the team each year. As any responsible parent would, every year he considers if the cost of having his son swim is really worth it, or if the finances would be better spent on other activities, not to mention all the time devoted to practices and meets. Hearing all the successes his son has had this year we both agreed that it’s been a good investment for his son. His son hasn’t won any money or college scholarships (he’s not at that level yet), but the records he’s broken and medals he’s won show constant improvement and better-than-average success.
This conversation got me thinking about the rest of our lives and the investments we’re making. The investment and the value are things that we should be considering in the decisions that we make. They should help guide our decisions and remind us to spend more resources on the things and people that give a good return. If some of us put even a tiny bit more thought to the investment we’re making and the value we’re getting out of a decision, I think things would look very different in the news right now.
You can’t avoid hearing about all the women coming forward and sharing about unwanted attention, about the lies that people tell to others, or about the questionable decisions that are made in various business industries by leaders and employees alike. I know that it can be seductive to go the easy route or cut corners, but time and again it’s been proven that making the decisions that benefit the fewest number of people are a bad idea!
I’m not saying that we can’t have any fun or do mostly pointless activities like watching TV or going out with friends, just that we need to be more aware of the decisions we’re making and making sure that we’re OK with how the investment of resources will turn out.
As we enter this last month of the year how have your investments this year worked out? Have you made good investments, or do you have some work to do before the year is out?