Recently I was interviewing CEO of a very successful company. He started the company when he was in college.
Over the years, he has had a lot of successful people invest in his company. Some investors have invested over $1 million in his company. That is pretty amazing for someone in their twenties who started their company on a college campus.
As we were talking about this, he said that as he built relationships with his investors, he started asking them why they invested in his company. He said they all had the same answer, “It’s not the company we’re investing in. Honestly, we don’t think your idea is unbelievable, it’s OK . . . We are investing in you.”
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Isn’t that interesting? They weren’t investing in his idea or his company. They were investing in him. They believed in him. The believed in his work ethic, his heart, and his integrity. They knew that if they invested in him, something great would come of their investment.
As I went home from that interview, I kept asking myself, “Am I worth people’s investment? Am I worth people betting on? Am I worth people giving me a shot?” Some tough questions. At the end of the day, I determined to become someone worth investing in.
People can invest their time, their knowledge, their skills, and money in you. In fact, successful people long to invest what they’ve gained through life in others. The question is, what can we do to become someone worth their investment?
Here are some questions that I believe will make you and I worth the investment of others:
- Are you hungry to grow? – Mentors love to spend time with people who are hungry. They want it! They want to grow and develop more than anything. So much that they are constantly seeking out opportunities to grow.
- Will you do something with what people invest in you? – So, someone invests an hour a month in you over coffee or a million dollars in your company . . . now what? What are you going to do with what you’ve received? People will only invest in us for so long without a return on their investment!
- How are you at receiving feedback and coaching?– Part of growing is being willing to hear things you don’t want to hear. If someone loves you enough to coach you in areas you can improve in, how will you respond to that? How you respond will determine whether or not your worth investing in.
What other questions should we be asking to determiner whether we’re worth the investment or not?
Are you worth investing in?
What are some things you can do right now to become more valuable to those who would like to invest in you?
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