10 Ways to Invest in Yourself in 2018!

The start of a new year is a fantastic opportunity to reset, try something new and ultimately forget the past and look daringly forward into the future. With that said, I invite you to seize your ‘fresh start’ and make 2018 the year for investing in your personal and professional growth. Here are a few great options:

No. 1 – Books  

There’s nothing better to do than set a new year’s resolution to read more books. However, the books you choose can cover topics that improve your personal development aspirations as well. Check out our new page – Books and Resources showcasing some of best books on self-discovery, career development and leadership.

Learn More: Career Hacks Series  & Books and Resources


No. 2 – Coursera coursera

Coursera is one of the best online learning websites. You can choose from more than a thousand online courses in subjects like business, personal development, art history, and more. The courses are free or, if you would like to receive a certificate, you can pay.

Learn More: https://www.coursera.org/

No. 3 – Coach.me Coachme

Coach.me is a zero-cost personal coach and goal-tracking app. They offer over 700 personal coaches to help you reach your career goals while helping you create new ones along the way.

Learn More: https://www.coach.me/

No. 4 – Duolingo Duolingo-logo-994x400

Have you always wanted to learn a new language but are unsure of where to begin? Duolingo makes it easy. This app provides simple lessons, resources, and challenges that will help you learn to speak a new language fluently.

Learn More: https://www.duolingo.com/

No. 5 – Lumosity Lumosirty

If you’re looking for daily brain training, Lumosity is a great tool for just that! This smartphone app can be downloaded on either the iOS or Android platform and offers daily brain challenges, such as maintaining focus or learning new subjects and names.

Learn More: https://www.lumosity.com/

No. 6 – Codecademy Codecademy

You can give yourself a competitive edge in your career by learning a new skill like coding. With Codecademy, you can learn how to code for free in all of the common languages including HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Ruby, and even more.

Learn More: https://www.codecademy.com/

No. 7 – Ignite ignite-logo-facebook

Ignite is run by volunteers globally in which speakers are allowed five minutes to talk about their passions and ideas, or interests on 20 slides that are 15 seconds each. Although this may seem like a tight time frame, having quick presentations mean you only hear good, important dialogue as a result. You can view webinars of Ignite on their site or YouTube.

Learn More: http://www.ignitetalks.io/

No. 8 – Podcasts podcast

One of the best audio platforms to invest in is podcasts this year. There are hundreds of podcasts throughout a variety of platforms that you can listen to while commuting to work, such as Great Work Interview and Achieving Predictable Success that can help you invest in yourself this new year. Look out for our podcast coming in February 2018!

Learn More: Podcasts

No. 9 – HighBrow  HighBrow

If you are short on time, HighBrow is a great choice for you. You can choose from a number of free or paid classes on things like happiness, history, and more. The lessons are delivered to you through your email every morning and should take no more than five minutes to read and understand.



This site allows successful professionals to share their knowledge with those who want to learn. You can take classes taught by experts in tons of fields like design, business, writing, and more.


Investing in your development this year will not only better position you to achieve your personal goals, but it will also enable you to help others achieve their goals as well. I challenge you to pick one item from this list and give it a try for at least 30 days, share this list with others, and e-mail me at: rhoden@bytyns.com to let me know how you’re going to invest in yourself in 2018!


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  1. This is a great list. I’ve used Coursera and the classes are pretty comprehensive.


  2. Thanks for the note B.More I’m glad to hear that this resource has been helpful!


  3. I love Stengthsfinder! It really helped me recognize the value of focusing on abilities and tendencies that I have.

    I have used Udemy for developing myself in skills. It’s similar to Coursera, but it isn’t generally taught by universities, so I imagine the teaching style is a little different.


    1. That’s awesome Eric – I’m glad to hear that you are investing in yourself and focusing on sharpening your abilities!


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