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  1. Newbie
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    help! meaning

    hi!
    i do not understand meaning of phrase in red: One of your top goals at work should be for you to get the highest possible return on your investment of mental, emotional and physical energy
    thank you!!

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    Re: help! meaning

    Your "return on investment" is how you benefit from what you invest. Usually it refers to money, but in this case, it's what you receive that is beneficial in exchange for your effort.

    You want to have the greatest possible return on your investment.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: help! meaning

    Do you understand that money investments get a return? These are financial terms.

    This sentence uses a metaphor - it is saying that the "investment" is really mental, emotional and physical energy. So you will get a high "return" (payment or pay back) if you give so much.

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