Throwback Thursday: Revealed Here... The Very Best Investment Ever.

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"Always invest for the long term."
-Warren Buffett

In August of 2015, I published the following blog post.  Although the numbers will be slightly different, the ultimate result is still the same.  

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When you're cruising real estate and general investment sites,  everyone has an opinion about what is the very best investment.  


Not surprising, most of the time, it is directly related to whatever the author is selling.

Today, I'm going to reveal what is actually the best investment ever... and I won't try to sell you anything.  I promise.

I ran across the following general statistics on average Return On Investments (ROI) over the last several years:


S&P 500: 1.65%
Dow Jones Industrial: 29.49%
Real Estate: -19.47
Bonds: 8.19%
U.S. Treasury: 16.36%!

So, what is the best investment?  None of the above.  Over any given period, any one of the above investments could look good or bad, depending on the specific time period.


The ONE long term investment that ALWAYS pays big dividends is the same today as it has always been.  It is an investment in... YOU!   

You will never, ever, find anything to invest in that will give you a greater return on your investment than investing in yourself... in your health, your education, and your personal development.  No matter what happens, an investment in yourself can never be taken away.  Oh, yes, I admit our health can fail us but without taking care of your health, you will surely suffer the consequences.  And, any investment in your education and personal development can never be taken away.   It's an asset that can never be stolen or lost.  

Benjamin Franklin said it best:

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

The return on an investment in yourself is estimated to be at 3,000%.  Yes, that is a 30-1 ROI.  I don't know of any other investment that can ever come close to matching that.  Let me repeat that:

One of my favorite speakers of all time is the late, great, Jim Rohn.  He said: “Income seldom exceeds personal development.”    Other than the occasional lottery winner, or heir to a fortune, I would venture to guess the word "seldom" could be replaced with "never".

More words of wisdom from Jim Rohn:

“If you want to have more, you have to become more."

"For things to change, you have to change."

"For things to get better, you have to become better.”

“If you improve, everything will improve for you."

"If you grow, your money will grow; your relationships, your health, your business and every external effect will mirror that growth in equal correlation.”


As you are evaluating a potential investment in yourself, do not ask what it "costs". Rather, ask what it is "worth".  What is the potential ROI on your health, wealth and happiness?  You should never regret money spent on your education and personal development.

YOU... are the very best investment ever!

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Carol Williams
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,
Ben and Jim Rohn were smart cookies, weren't they? 

May 03, 2018 09:03 AM #13
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Carol Williams
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Hi Dorie Dillard ,
Exactly... lifelong learning, the gift that keeps on giving and giving. 

May 03, 2018 09:06 AM #14
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Carol Williams
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Good morning Wayne Martin ,
Absolutely.  Happy Thursday!

May 03, 2018 09:07 AM #15
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Carol Williams
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Hi Sheila Anderson ,
Gosh, I hope you don't learn more about me than you want to know.  LOL

May 03, 2018 09:08 AM #16
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Brian England
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Investing in ourselves is indeed always going to be the best investment we can make!

May 03, 2018 09:49 AM #17
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Carol I love your perspective!  Investing in oneself is the best investment choice above all others! All the others are a nice back up.....just staying!!

May 03, 2018 11:23 AM #18
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Great post Carol Williams  I want to suggest it for SCS if it is not Featured

May 03, 2018 02:25 PM #19
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I have to agree with you when it comes to the best investment being ourselves.  I once worked at a software development company.  We had people from all over the globe.  Some came from war torn Bosnia in the late 1990s.  One girl in particular comes to mind.  She was 19 years old, her parents had been killed in the war, and she had little money in her pocket when she landed here.  However, she was very well educated, and before long rose up in the company to be a team leader, and a superb software programmer.  She married a few years later, they bought a house from me, and were successful in achieving the American Dream.

May 03, 2018 05:19 PM #20
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Carol what a great post and perspective and after investing in yourself honest Real Estate is a good second choice:))Endre

May 03, 2018 06:28 PM #21
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Carol, this is an inspiring post and I enjoyed it. You're right, investing in ourselves has a huge ROI. If we commit to always learning we'll always grow.

May 04, 2018 05:42 AM #22
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Carol Williams
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Good morning Brian England ,
It's always fun to learn new stuff or improve on our skills, isn't it?

May 04, 2018 07:28 AM #23
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Carol Williams
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Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker ,
Yes, we do need some back-up to diversify our portfolio, right? 

May 04, 2018 07:41 AM #24
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Carol Williams
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Good Morning Hannah Williams ,
You know I don't usually feature my own posts but, hey, if it's nominated why not?  Thanks for the kind words.

May 04, 2018 07:41 AM #25
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Carol Williams
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat ,
I love that story!  Thanks for sharing.  A good education and a great attitude can get us far in life, can't it? 

May 04, 2018 07:43 AM #26
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Carol Williams
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr. ,
Real estate IS a great investment option!  If I won the lottery, I can tell you real estate would be a big part of my investment portfolio.

May 04, 2018 07:44 AM #27
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Carol Williams
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Hi Amanda S. Davidson ,
With a desire to learn and a good attitude we can achieve just about anything, can't we? 

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What a great post - and smart too. So true, if we do the work first with ourselves - the rest seems to fall into place nicely. Conversely....

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I would tend to say that reading (a form of education) has been the most enriching thing in my life.  It made me a better agent, broker, mom, wife, person, friend etc. I think you are so right that we have to invest in oneself prior to success.

May 04, 2018 12:05 PM #30
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Interesting that Endre Barath, Jr. and I were thinking alike on our comment! I thought surely the best investment would have been real estate, but I like the way you think, Carol Williams. :) We really should invest in our health and personal development.

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Why didn't I see that coming Carol Williams - ??? and where is the gold star?  Nice job with this blog. 

May 07, 2018 03:50 PM #32
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