It's wrong to assume that ROI (Return On Investment) is only for big business. It's for individuals too. We're investing in things all the time. In people, relationships, time, etc. Sometimes we even invest in ourselves. That's especially the case with ABL (Always Be Learning). When we put ourselves in a situation with a substantial amount of ABL, we're basically investing in ourselves. We're putting faith in the fact that if we act now and invest in our own growth—that eventually there will be a return on that investment. Sometimes we see the ROI of ABL right away. Sometimes it takes a while. But we usually know it's coming, because the choice to invest in ourselves is a decision we all know we each have to make eventually. The choice to keep ourselves out of situations which would include ABL in spades, can be the equivalent of hiding our assets a mattress.
A tempting thought in today's economic climate.
But while a mattress may keep your dollars safe in the short term, it won't help you if the house burns down around you—and it's certainly not an investment. There's no "I" to have a return on. Have you recently put yourself in an ABL situation? Wait for the ROI—it's coming, even if it's not financial. If you've gone the mattress route, that's OK too. But keep a firehouse next to the bed. Just in case.