If you’re a millennial and the experts are correct, there’s a good chance you’ve thought about improving yourself, your life and/or just about everything about you. According to a 2015 survey by Fieldagent.net, 94% of 18-to-33-year-olds have embarked on some form of personal improvement. In fact, as Forbes contributor Jules Schroeder notes, many of those surveyed said they’d be prepared to spend as much as $300 per month on making their lives better.
The Perfect You Might Lie Outside of Your Box
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with finding ways to create the “perfect you”, there appear to be two issues at hand. Firstly, the obvious question you need to ask yourself is: how do I improve? Traveling is a popular way to work on your weaknesses. However, travel costs, which raises the second issue here.
Data from travel company Contiki shows that the average spend by millennials in the UK has increased by 10 percent in recent years due to property prices making it difficult to own a home. Taking advantage of the internet’s global reach has brought opportunities many have taken up to boost their finances on the move. Becoming a travel blogger is one way to earn some cash, as is a YouTube content creator.
For those that think outside the box, there’s trading. By downloading a mobile app for trading, even a novice can learn to play the markets. From introductory articles and daily news bulletins to live prices, trading on the move is not only possible but more accessible than many would expect.
Find Yourself Closer to Home
Of course, if you don’t fancy travelling, there are other ways to improve yourself. Learning a new language is not only a good way to test yourself mentally but see the world from a different perspective. In fact, if you can combine this with some trips abroad, you’ll gradually be able to immerse yourself in a new culture.
Oftentimes, the reason for our own feelings of frustration or disappointment is a narrow perspective on the world. By learning a new language and then using it in a native environment, you get to experience ways of interacting that were previously invisible to you. Naturally, to learn a language effectively and then travel will cost you.
The average fee for a language tutor in the US is $50 an hour, but even some online courses will cost around $300. Add to this airfare and accommodation in order to travel and, again, there is a price to pay for self-improvement in this way.
For a cheaper alternative, you could take up running. Ever since ultra-marathons and the like became popular, running clubs have popped up around the world and all you need to join is some trainers and some dedication.
Failing that, try yoga or meditation – or step way outside of your comfort zone and face your fears. Psychologist Ben Dean has found that courage is an ethical habit and the more we practice, the more positive we feel. So, by overcoming your fears, you’re not only improving yourself by removing a weakness, you’re also building a more positive mindset.
Whether you choose to go this route, you take up running or your go travelling, the end goal is the same: become a better version of yourself. Once you’ve identified a means of improving yourself and a way to make it a reality, the world could be your oyster.