Investing

4 Life Skills That Makes You a Better Investor

The fate of your personal investments depends on how you put your life skills to use.

“If people are prepared to be flexible, keep an open mind and learn, they will grow richer and richer despite tough changes.”

Robert T. Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad

Whether you are investing your money into financial instruments such as stocks and cryptos or in yourself, it is crucial to help yourself make decisions that you do not regret later. The word “investing” both excites and terrifies people. On the one hand, you have many people who view it as an opportunity to secure their future. On the other hand, some people are too afraid to take risks involved (such as financial risk and opportunity cost) and step outside their comfort zones (stress, anxiety and possibly, passive depression). For this reason, it is imperative to set yourself up to make investment decisions that are wise and bring long-term dividends.

Sound challenging? I do not blame you. When I first started investing, I did not have a single clue what it means, let alone where and how to start. However, one good starting point is to evaluate the life skills that are applicable and relevant when it comes to investing before putting them into practice. This enables you to face it head-on in the way you would be able to face other aspects of your life, with steadiness and without losing your mind. Let us go through a couple of vital life skills that can make your investing experience less worrisome.

1. Organisation

Do whatever it takes to be as organised as possible. If it is stupid, but it works, it is not stupid. This one important life skill starts as soon as you start investing, and it stays with you for the rest of your investment journey. Organising your investment portfolio means being aware of where and how much your money has been spent, the number of shares (or Dogecoin) you currently possess and the number of companies you invested in. Having a well-organised investment portfolio offers you protection so that if one type of investment is going through a rough time, you still have other investments to cushion the blow. Not only that, organising personal investments enables you to spot and capitalise on opportunities as soon as they arise.

2. Drive

Possessing a drive is an underestimated life skill. Being driven keeps you in the driving seat and means you keep your eyes open for things that people either take for granted or are not aware of. Having an immense drive helps you take calculated risks, and if those risks do come true, you do not lose your nest egg. However, if it pays off, then pat yourself on the shoulder. Drive is a skill that you have to put into practice as best you can when investing because investing is not for the faint-hearted. You have to make decisions (sometimes difficult ones) about something you believe will benefit you in the long run, and much of this depends on how much drive you are utilising.

3. Readiness

Being ready means you have done all the necessary preparation before stepping into the world of investing. Being ready also means you have understood what you want to invest in and are prepared to lose a certain amount of money if things go off the rails. Whether you are investing in an online course or Bitcoin, it is vital to consider all the costs and risks involved. You have to come up with a plan which determines how you are going to time your inflow and outflow of cash, helps you navigate through the risks and establishes the areas in which you are going to invest.

4. Apprehension

The anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will unfold may sound like a huge emotional weight to carry. However, it can actually come in handy during the decision-making process. Very often, before you make an investment, you will have second thoughts, and you will put on your thinking cap just to reason them out. Again, it is worth noting that you must not let your guard down and be wary of the investments you are going to commit. Being apprehensive helps you to keep a watchful eye on your investment portfolio as it grows over time.


Final 2¢

Every life skill is essential. Each of them plays a role to ensure the smooth progress of our daily lives. However, they are highly adaptable, meaning they can be applied to other areas of our lives, such as investing. Be meticulous when you are putting together your investment strategy and have a long-term mindset because being financially stable takes time. Hence, do not fall for get-rich-quick schemes.

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