The acronym of the year is ROI, return on investment. Recently, one of the prompts for my creative writing workshops was: If you had $1000, what would you buy? The responses consisted mostly of shoes, houses, cars and not one mention of investing, saving, or giving for that matter. As I listened to the responses, I realized that most of us would do things differently if we knew the places where our thinking could use an upgrade. Up until now, I have always thought of investment as something that was dependent on having a certain amount of money or “wealth” and that I wasn’t “rich” enough in money to see it work for me. Nothing could be further from the truth. Classes, books, seminars, mentors, and coaches are just some of the ways to invest in yourself and if you need instant gratification like me, some of these have immediate results.

I think back to the days when I first decided that I would become an actor. I took the money that I earned from my role as Tory in Marc Raby’s “Baby, Ain’t No Way” and enrolled in a class at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. From that class, I was introduced to other actors and artists who told me about auditions. I bought head-shots and printed copies of my resume and I auditioned and auditioned and auditioned until I got my next role as Nathan in The Last Hotel for Women. The money from that show helped fund my move to Atlanta and the rest is history.

I haven’t “made it”. I have discovered this important detail though and I share it with you with hopes that you too will invest in yourself or rather put your money into places where you can see it grow infinitely. My inbox is sitting at over 200 emails right now, and this is problematic as fuck because most of those emails are asking me for money and the worst part is that most of the investments are likely one-sided. Not in 2019. As I delete, I’m reminded to keep my eyes peeled for opportunities to invest and grow and I challenge you to do the same.

Thanks for reading.