a perspective​ on money

Making money is just helping people in a bigger way.

I have decided to view money in a way that vastly simplifies it. As a reward for helping people. Interpreting this I realise that it does not have to be hard to make more than I would ever have a need for. I can also enjoy the process immensely as I have so many options available.

I know how to help people. In many small ways, I have done it in my life. I have washed dishes, made food, given hugs, explained my understanding of a concept to a classmate, written books reviews, given prep talks, organized hikes, drawn pictures, told stories, swept floors, shared trivia, told jokes, laughed at other people’s jokes, whistled a tune, navigated to a destination, played soccer, hide and seek, touchers, chess, charades, Monopoly, Go and many other games both physical and mental. I have recently passed my learner’s licence so I am authorised to drive a car(with another driver next to me).

I am sure that I could think of many more ways that I have helped people – by making them feel good. And most of these activities made me feel good as well. I mostly had no struggle in gaining the skills needed to perform these tasks. Most of them I learned by following instructions or trying and then learning from my mistakes.

In doing these things I never assumed that I would do only it for all eternity. Or that because I had done that I could not do anything else. If I wanted to do something else I just did it. At no point in time did the current activity bind forever. Yet how many people never change their careers even if they hate it? For complex skills, I went through periods of learning before I had sufficient mastery to help in those ways.

Just because you have a certain career does not mean that is the full extent of the helping you can do. It is merely a commitment to help in a certain capacity for a defined part of your day. You are always free to start helping people in different ways and change  where you allocate most of your time.

I have the belief that all things in life are ultimately figure-out-able. I will be able to figure it out. In my lifetime humanity went from floppy discs to smartphones and soon driverless cars. Forget the future! We are already living in science fiction. All because people figured it out.

It is possible to view money with a mindset of competition and scarcity, but this is less true every day. Murder is at an all-time low and there is less war than any other time in written history. Many formerly impoverished countries are quickly catching up and growing large middle classes. Green technology is advancing by leaps and bounds so soon we will not even need to pollute animals’ habitats to live awesome lives.

I will figure out complex skills that allow me to massively improve many people’s lives. For the moment all my basic needs and then some are taken care of so I can just focus on learning enjoyable skills. Life really is a lot of fun.

To happiness, and beyond!

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You should be more GREEDY

In this post, I intend to show how greed can be a very positive emotion and not just negative as many people make it out to be.

First off, any emotion that exists has to be useful. This is an unproven statement, but not so unreasonable if you take into account that evolution would not have bred it into humans if it was not useful for increasing genetic fitness in some way.

We all procrastinate. We settle for less. We stay in our comfort zones. Procrastination is one of the things that everybody encounters on a regular basis. What it comes down to is that it is a useful strategy according to evolution. If you procrastinate and act lazy – unless there is the promise of imminent danger or massive reward – then you use a lot less energy than you would if you were active constantly and worked until you dropped. You never know when you might need that energy to fight invaders or gather food. In prehistoric times, being tired meant being dead.

Greed is one of the ways to spur people to action. This action is sometimes destructive. In ancient times, plunder was a major way to acquire resources.  Not just stealing things, but also conquering territory or kidnapping mates. Greed is when you think that with little effort (or even a lot) you can hit the jackpot of rewards. People who acted on their greed in some situations fared better than those who didn’t. That is why greed is an inbuilt human emotion.

Even in modern society, greed has been very valuable. How much progress has humanity not made as a result of always wanting things to be more, bigger, shinier, faster? If humans were just content with their lot, would still have been living in the Stone Age and eating off berries and wild game. We would have been content with what we had and never reached the dizzying heights of organization, technology and power that humanity now controls.

Greedy people are much more ambitious than the non-greedy people. This can give them an edge that allows them to outcompete the people who are content, unambitious and who are satisfied with a simple life. How greedy you are can be the difference between winning and losing in the competitive parts of life.

Greed can make you stupid. We have all heard of people who commit horrible crimes motivated by greed. People who would never have considered being dishonest or hurting people find themselves lying to people, betraying them and creating a lot of pain for themselves and people they love.

Greed is an emotion like any other. It can corrode your very existence. It can be the force that drives you to reach your potential. Ultimately it boils down to how you use it. Like all emotions, it can be something that controls you or something that you control to increase your potential and rock out! Try it. Go out and BE GREEDY!

To happiness, and beyond!

 

Conquering fear to become highly competitive

In the modern world, almost all fear is unnecessary. The only negative consequences that can result from your actions are a little embarrassment or you might lose your job. If you have applicable qualifications or a successful career this should not hold you down for any substantial amount of time. There are many opportunities for creating massive value, but few without some measure of risk. If you are fearful you will not pursue them and most of life will pass you by.

If you are fearless, or able to act in spite of your fear then you would pursue new opportunities and the massive potential that they contain. Such people are exceptional. The vast majority of people live their whole life hiding away from fears that would disappear or dramatically shrink if they were faced head on.

Fear works very well for physical danger. Being afraid of getting shot or beaten up by thugs is a very sensible strategy. Not associating with violent psychopaths or going to known crime hotspots is smart. Being afraid of words, social rejection or even bankruptcy is not smart. Most cases of fear in the modern world are the latter.

Going bankrupt is not the end of the world. Because of fantastic technology and social systems, food is incredibly cheap. Relative to the amount of work required 200 years ago, just to not starve, you practically do not need to work at all. If you do any job provide any value to society at all, you will not starve. If you are alive, you can get better. It might take you a while to regain the same lifestyle as you had before, but it is pretty much inevitable. If you did it once, you can do it again.

Now you know that most fear is unnecessary, how do you overcome it? A simple metaphor from fitness suffices. Think of your courage as a muscle. The more you train it, the stronger you get. If you neglect it, your courage declines. Trying to overcome your greatest fear right away will not work. Doing something that you are not afraid of at all will not build your courage. The best results in increasing your courage are found in situations where you do not know with certainty whether you will succeed. Those situations that are not impossible, but not easy either.

If you want to stand out in any field, become fearless.

To happiness, and beyond!