The problem

There is one thing that I keep hearing from the media:

You need to learn how to invest because of compounding interest.

The problem is, though, it is a vauge statement. As a young adult, I have never get trained to invest in the stock market, mutual funds, or real estate. All my life thus far is around academia, research, and computer. There is an inherent flaw in above statement. It took out personal situation.

Then, what should I invest in my early adult life in 2020? I strongly believe a good investment is something you have control over, or at least most of it. Here is a quick rundown of what I can / cannot control.

What I cannot control

  • The Stock Market
  • The Real Estate prices
  • The Mutual Fund fee(s)

What I can control

  • Realization that I do not have domain knowledge in investment.
  • How I spend time / money each and every day.
  • How I set personal goals.

The answer is clear to me.

| The best investment for a young adult like me is to invest in myself.

Investing in myself means:

  • I have absolute control over my ROI.
  • I know what exact areas to improve

My plan for personal growth

As a recent graduate, I now have a more free time to think for myself, to read more books, to travel to new countries, and pursue on more interests like taking online courses, and learning Mandarin. Here is my plan for personal growth in 2020.

  • Get back a healthy state of mind and body:
    • Be curious and open-minded on everything
    • Judge less
    • Exercise regularly
    • Eat healthy
  • Cut wasting time on digital social media.
  • Spend more time on my loved ones.
  • Expand my network. Be resourceful and meet more people.
  • Control my spending.
  • Learn functional programming, and distributed system.
  • Learn more about how the market works, risk management.

Conclusion

Here there is, my friend. It is my personal opinion on what is the best investment, as a young adult, in 2020. The greatest investment is something you have control over. It is yourself 😎.