Make more money. Lose weight. Get more accomplished. The drive for self-improvement and personal development for a bigger and better life is a constant stress that society asks of you and that you honestly ask of yourself. But how to do it when your money is tight? Personal development results in miracle stories of rags to riches in a tough economy like this, but how do you start investing in yourself when you have little to start with? Keep reading for some ideas.
Check in with your local government. Politicians from the community to federal level always love to say they are doing things to help out those who are unemployed or underemployed. Find local training programs and educational opportunities that are free for you to use. Use them to broaden your horizons and develop new skills. Even if you do not need these skills now or see a use for them immediately, they can prove invaluable down the road.
More specifically, look at the various educational institutions in your community and participate in any available programs. Your local elementary, junior high and high schools might run workshops where their students can teach what they know. Community colleges often run lecture series open to the public. Nonprofit organizations are always having open door events where you can walk in and learn new things or get hands-on experience in activities new to you.
Volunteer your time at non-profit organization. Putting time in a soup kitchen might be a chance to pick up a few cooking skills. Joining a roadside clean up might help you learn about the neighborhood you walk through slowly and network with new people. Becoming an adult leader in a scout troop can give you the chance to learn the very skills the boys and girls are earning merit badges in. You might even get to take classes with them at summer camps.
Books offer perhaps the greatest single source of knowledge and concentrated assistance within the realm of personal development. You may have walked through the self improvement section of your local bookstore and longed for every title, but the price tags were prohibitive. Fortunately, the alternatives are various and available.
First of all, check out your closest library. Visit more than one location to find titles that are new to you. Check out local second-hand bookstores, but also thrift stores, donation stores and even pawn shops. Then, get online and look for used booksellers, as well as lots on auction sites.
Making your rounds through the weekend yard sales is also a good way to find chances to improve yourself. Not only are you likely to find some cheap books, but you might find steals you can challenge yourself with. You might find a starter painting set that you can risk a dollar or two on and then investigate your artistic ability. You can also find exercise equipment at reasonable prices, or challenge yourself with a hula-hoop, finding instruction through free online videos.
As you can see, improving yourself does not have to cost a lot of money. There are in fact many opportunities all around you to broaden your horizons for little to no money, which is perfect in this tough economy. Take all the ideas in this article to heart to improve your life on the cheap.