"Your Greatest Personal Asset" is the 24th in my 2022 series of articles based on my real life experiences, professional insights, personal views and fun stories.
My hope is that in them you find joy and inspiration.
YOUR GREATEST PERSONAL ASSET
Most people think of assets in a material sense. They value homes, cars, cash and other investments highly. In doing so they overlook their greatest personal asset. It is none of these things mentioned, nor indeed can it be touched, nor is it visible to the naked eye.
Any person's most valuable asset is in fact themselves – or more specifically, their mindset. Yes, your mindset is your greatest personal asset.
With the right mindset everything is possible. With it you can indeed acquire whatever material assets you wish; all those listed above and anything else you care to name. But your mindset itself is the 'alpha' asset, the one which drives the accomplishment of all else.
Once you understand this amazing significance of your prime asset then that in itself opens the door to understanding that there are many other intangible assets tied up in your inner self, any one of which is infinitely more valuable than mere possessions.
One such asset is 'learning'. You should never stop learning because the world around you, both in the wider sense and the personal, is constantly changing. It's critical to know how little you know and to keep your mind nimble and sharp by working it out with new 'stuff' on a regular and ongoing basis. You'll be a better person for it. The simple fact that you recognise this and work on it will, in itself, promote your own awareness of self as well as the value that others place on you and in being with you. It's self-fulfilling. As regards your brain – use it or lose it!
You'd be most unhappy to lose those material assets I mentioned at the outset; think how much more devastating it would be to lose a personal asset immeasurably more valuable. Your mindset matters, look after it.
It must, of course, be the right mindset. A positive, upbeat and progressive one. The mind that is always curious, ever exploring. The kind of mind which lives in the realm of entrepreneurs. Or is it entrepreneurs who live in a positive mindset? Either way, it's an attitude where improvement is always believed in and comfort zones are shunned. It's a world of persistence, 'never-say-die', constant learning, improving and – thinking outside the box!
Entrepreneurs, more so than any other group, are inclined towards the unconventional, the innovative and the creative. These traits are their outward manifestation of their greatest personal asset, their mindset, at work. They don't recognise conventional limits. This allows them to identify and evaluate opportunities and consider different approaches. It enables them to break free of restrictive thinking, go beyond recognised boundaries and find unique solutions.
You may find that in reading my words, the assertions I make and the conclusions I arrive at seem remarkably straightforward. They are! And yet, it is in their simplicity that the profound depth of their significance lies. Make no mistake, once you fully grasp and implement the understanding of your greatest personal asset being that which is within you in your mindset, then your evaluation of material assets is put into perspective. Their true worthlessness is revealed.
Your mindset thus invigourated can drive the fulfillment of any dream you can imagine. It ignites ambitions such as helping others, earning personal respect and a limitless wealth of objectives loftier by far than just acquiring material possessions. Mind you, paradoxically, a properly primed mindset makes the acquisition of worthless materials easy. They'll fall into your lap as if by magic – if you want them.
Yes, your greatest personal asset is powerful in all ways. Guard it well.
I am Tom Riach. I live and write in the sunny south of Portugal.
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