Why haven’t you started the business you want to start? Why aren’t you on the trip you always wanted to take? Why are you not doing what you want to do?
If your answer to these questions is money, or time, your not being honest with yourself. And the lies we tell ourselves are the ones that stand to hurt us the most.
If you are holding back you are simply letting yourself get in the way of your future. Why? It could only be a result of two things. Either you are not actually very interested in doing what you think you want to do, or you are fearful of something. If it is the former, find something you care enough about to make happen, and then do it. If it is the latter, what are you afraid of? What you should be scared of is not living your own life. Your way. What else is there to fear?
It all started with a text message. A friend of mine sent me a message that read: “Buy as much Bitcoin as you can afford. Until you can’t afford to buy anymore.”
I had been watching cryptocurrencies for about a year, in amusement. As a finance professor I was initially skeptical. Everybody in the financial world was. I had initially heard of Bitcoin a number of years ago, while a Ph.D. student, and didn’t think much about it until early last year.
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Do you need a new car? Do you need to live in a house by yourself? Do you need a vacation? No, no, and no. A job? Maybe not. What do you need? Only what matters. Something you love to do, a plan to make it happen, and focus.
Get rid of everything that doesn’t matter, to make what you really want a reality.
Another new year. Another set of resolutions. Here goes:
Finish not one book, but two.
There you have it. Short and sweet.
Every minute you spend doing one thing is a minute you give up something else. There is an opportunity cost for everything you do.
Everybody has 100 great ideas. Good ideas are a dime a dozen. It seems like I get a new one everyday. But, success isn’t about having a great idea.
Success is about choosing to say – No – to 99 good ideas, and choosing the one great idea that you love. Because with every extra thing you pursue, the probability of success, on anything, diminishes quickly. What gets focused on, grows.
Isn’t everything binary? Maybe. But for now, let’s just consider risk.
Risk is simply uncertainty of an outcome. It can be thought of as a choice between two options. Either you take the risk, or you don’t.
A helpful way to consider whether to take the risk is to ask:
A. What is the worst case scenario if it doesn’t go well? In a sense you are asking – What is the cost of failure?
Then, ask yourself:
B. What is the cost of not taking the risk. This is an opportunity cost. In other words – What will you give up if you don’t take the risk, assuming it would succeed?
They say that at the end of your life you will regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did. Take a risk, and if you fail you will be disappointed. Refuse to take the risk, and you will be left with regret. I’d rather be disappointed than regretful. How about you?
I think everybody should have a “side hustle.” Something they do to make a little money on the side. For example, a friend of mine has some embroidery machines he has owned for a while. They are just sitting. In 2018 he has set a goal to generate an extra $50,000 in income from his side business making marketing products for companies. This income is over and above his regular job. That extra money is not earmarked for any bills, and will go straight into investments, which will, in turn, generate more income.
A side hustle also gives you a chance to pursue something you want to do. And if it is successful, it can provide a safety net from your main job. You may end up making your side hustle your main gig.
What’s your 2018 side hustle?
Everybody is an Enterprise of One. I wrote about this idea for TechCrunch a number of years ago. And it is more true than ever before.
I got distracted with finishing my Ph.D. and never finished my book. Now that many of the ideas have come to fruition in our economy, I hope to come back to it in 2018 and finally finish the book. Stay tuned.
It seems to me that when it comes to overcoming challenges, there are two type off people in the world. There are those that want to talk about the problem, and then those that want to find a solution.
80% of the people are focused on the problem, 80% of the time. Who are the 20% that focus on solutions? Those are the ones succeeding.
Are you creating something today? Your competition is. If your not deeply aware of the fact that there is always someone working, often harder than you, to disrupt whatever your good at, then you have already lost.
It is healthy to have a keen sense of paranoia about the fact that there is always a younger, more attuned, version of you out there somewhere that will eat your lunch if you don’t stay on top of your expertise. And they aren’t going to take you out from head on. Rather, they are going to hit you from the angle you least expect.