In order to achieve long-term goals, we must focus on implementing daily/micro-habits, which ensure our ability to generate momentum (micro habits + macro goals = productive worker-bee human). Have a think about where you will be 1-year from now, 10-years from now, or 50 years from now. This morning, in a journaling session, I described the importance of being aware of my long-term goals (to myself). So often we get caught up in the manic nature of society/ peers/ professional & or personal life. It is easy to forget about what is important to you. In my list, I wrote that some of my long-term goals include pursuing interesting work, contributing and being of service to something or someone that is bigger than myself, and becoming independently wealthy in order enhance my perception of personal freedom.
"Eternity is the opposite of a long time." - Stewart Brand
I once heard someone say that people are not born interesting, but rather people become interesting. This mean's don’t be afraid to be your true self. Thrust yourself into your interests and passions and live unapologetically. You ultimately have a choice, which is whether you want to be like everyone else around you or be yourself. Sometimes I find myself “zigging” when everyone else around me is “zagging”. I am trying to remember to be confident in my choices and just know that my decisions are rooted in my own personal experience and perception of what is right. In that sense, I feel myself being pulled into topics and situations that I find interesting. I am trying to give myself permission to dive in.
I once heard someone say that if you are having a difficult time making yourself happy, just start by trying to make someone else happy, first. Contribution and service mean letting my intrinsic desire to leave this world better than I found it run wild. I don’t think that I am special in any way, but I do know that I am capable. I am capable of contributing and servicing others to collectively improve the shape and status of the world that we live in. You are capable too.
Finally, I think that the trick to achieving independent wealth is living within your means and being smart about investing your money. Now, investing can be a scary topic. The best definition of “investing” I have ever heard is to allocate your cash/money in a position of high yield, rather than low yield. For example, if you store your cash under your mattress, this is a position of low yield. Meaning, it will not grow. Instead what you could do is take your cash and put it in a low-cost index fund, which is where (over the long-term) it can grow as a result of compound interest. Working to achieve independent wealth includes not reacting to the manic nature of the public markets. I think this is a skill. Don’t sweat it. Unless, of course, that includes buying when everyone else is selling, or vice versa. In order to win in the public markets, you must bet against the consensus and be right. Ultimately, you are hedging your bets and doubling down on a thing that will generate/or be worth perceived value in the future. In this game, you get used to just doing your own thing, marching to the beat of your own drum. You can benefit greatly from looking through the long-term lens. I love that.
I know that to put myself in a position to scratch the surface of these goals I must remain of sound body and mind. For me, this means taking care of myself physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. This is important. I need to be in charge of my time and energy and choose to live proactively in a manner that meets the requirements above. I cannot just sit back and passively let happenstance variables dictate what I become.
This post is a reminder for me to think about the long-term impact of my actions on others and myself. “The big picture”, as they say.
“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” - Jack Ma