If you’re like the average UK working adult, each month you spend approximately:
£50 at the hairdresser
£200 on clothes, shoes and accessories
£400 per month on leisure and recreation
…and possibly £60 on gym membership
So on average £710 on ‘personal maintenance’ and fun things. The bulk of your income is probably going on mortgage/rent, food, transport and other essentials like that. So taken as a proportion, the ‘fun’ expenditure is probably the smaller chunk of your earnings.
In comparison, how much do you invest in your career in the average month? By which I mean spending money on professional books, training courses and coaching in order to achieve success and fulfilment at work (and possibly also a bigger income)?
Here are 6 reasons why you shouldn’t spend a penny:
Of course, if those reasons don’t apply to you maybe you should re-examine those spending priorities and take control of your career direction and success.
A good professional skills book will probably set you back no more than £20 while a good private coaching programme will probably cost you less than half what you’re spending on entertainment a month. Like all good investments you’ll get out more than you put in.
Are you worth it?