Investing in Yourself

A few months ago my computer died a quiet death. I tried everything my I.T savvy brother told me to try before taking her into Future Shop. There I was told she was un-fixable. They were able to remove all the files off the hard drive (I back up my writing on a USB so it wasn’t a huge concern) and then she was off to the recycling plant.

I told myself I didn’t need a new computer. I would write on paper in public and use my husband’s laptop at home. Why pay for an expensive new computer when I didn’t have to? Unfortunately not all has gone to plan. Paper is great for brainstorming, but I need a keyboard to write. My husband’s laptop is too heavy to carry around and it’s battery life is unreliable. I try to write at home, but after the commute, dinner and chores there’s not much time left. So why don’t I just suck it up and buy a new computer? Because, like a lot of writers, I find it hard to invest in myself. We fail to invest because we’re worried we will never see a return. You know who doesn’t worry about this? Actors. They pay for head-shots, acting classes, they are competing with thousands of other people but still they invest. Why? Because they’ll never make it to the stage or the big screen otherwise. Because they believe that their initial investment will pay off. Because they think their dreams are worth it.

I’m going to buy a laptop. Oh, I’ll look for a sale, don’t get me wrong – but whatever the cost ends up being, I will happily pay it.

What books have you put off buying? What class do you really want to take? Invest in yourself. You and your work are worth it.

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