Investments don’t go anywhere in a bad economy. That’s what frustrates people more than almost anything, I think. My wife and I have a small nest egg that we started. Guess what it’s done? Lost money. Even the best mutual fund managers can’t figure out how to make good investments in a bad economy. These are people who are supposed to know how to make money, and they can’t do it! Right now, investing seems about as big a crock as insurance. You’ve probably made a bad investment or two as well.
On the other hand, the world loves visionaries, entrepreneurs, and go-getters. Those are the people who history books are written about, who changed the world, who get the admiration of millions of people.
And you know what each of those people needed? Investors.
Turns out, I’ve got a fail-safe investment that anyone can get a return on, even in the worst economy.
Behind Every Great Person Is a Savvy Investor
Think about any hero you admire, anyone you’d like to read a book about or have a beer with. Someone who impacted history, or your life, or made the world a better place.
You may think of Steve Jobs or Martin Luther, C.S. Lewis or Oprah Winfrey, President Obama or George Orwell or Mother Teresa. Anyone at all.
None of those people just popped out of thin air.
Each of them had at least one investor. Not just someone who spent money on them, but someone who helped make those people who they are.
Who Made These People?
Can you tell me who taught Martin Luther to read and interpret his Bible? Do you know who sparked Steve Jobs’ interest in electronics? Who taught C.S. Lewis how to write? Who taught Dietrich Bonhoffer about compassion when everyone else was preaching hate? Who taught C.H. Spurgeon how to preach? Who taught Mark Twain how to find humor in unhumorous situations? Who taught Dr. Salk about medicine, and who taught Einstein about physics?
You probably don’t know. And neither do I. It may not even be possible to know who those people were. But those people, the invisible, unknown people are the investors. They are the people that history is made of.
They cared enough to teach, to share, to encourage someone else. They invested in someone else. They didn’t know if their investment would make a return. Turns out, their investments changed the world. They made smart investments.
The best part is, even if their investments had not returned anything, they would not have cost anything either.
Who Are You Investing In?
The world as we know it would not exist without investors. Not just investors of money, but more importantly, investors of people. All the great men and women of the world would have stayed small and un-great if someone had not taught them, encouraged them, helped them. You had a lot of investors. Who invested in you? Who helped make you who you are today? Did their investment bring a return?
Maybe even more importantly, who are you investing in? Isn’t there anyone you care about enough to share some knowledge or encouragement? You don’t even have to go anywhere to find someone. That someone could be in your home, or the next cubicle, or reaching for the same box of cereal that you’re reaching for. You never know what kind of a return it’s going to bring.
We may all lose our shirts in our financial investments. I may retire, completely destitute. But investing in people never leaves you broke.
Simple question today…or maybe not. Tell us about one person who made a big investment in you. And bonus question! Who are you investing in today?