Since moving to Montreal, I constantly get asked “are you going to learn French?”

People are usually shocked, and sometimes disgruntled, that so far my answer has been no.

I get it. On the outside, it seems like the best thing to do.

But I like to look at things in terms of ROI.

Most people think of this in terms of money – and of course that’s a factor, but I think it represents so much more than that.

Time is our most valuable resource. It’s finite. And how we choose to spend our time shapes our entire life.

When I think of picking up a new hobby or activity I like to ask myself, “Is this the highest use of my time?”

Will it bring me…

The most enjoyment?

The most happiness?

The most fulfillment?

The most joy?

The most health?

Is this a contributing factor into becoming the best version of myself?

I might even consider how it will help other people around me.

And, of course, the gold standard ROI q – is this the best monetary return on investment?

 

These answers change over time.

What isn’t your highest serving action one year may become the most important thing to do the next.

Don’t be afraid to change your answer. Do what reflects your life now, not what served you best a year ago.

 

Have the courage and freedom to do what best serves you.

Even if it’s totally counterintuitive to what everyone else thinks. They don’t know your reasons – and honestly, they don’t need to know.

Just be true to yourself and do what’s best for you.