Taking a Holiday for more Work
How summer holidays should look:
How mine will look this year:
One of the "good things" about having a stroke just before summer was, my scheduled holidays were replaced by sick days instead, which means I still have days owing me. Actually, I have quite a few days owing, since I didn't take last year's winter break (one week) either. After a talk with my supervisor, the relative quietness of the end of year and me not currently being part of overlapping functions - I will take a couple weeks from around Christmas to the end of the first week of January.
I will get to spend some time relaxing and with family etc...
I am looking forward to it.
But... if luck serves me well (does it ever?), there will be plenty of market action going on and I will be able to spend some attention energy looking at the trading environment. Splinterlands will also have some things going on with it, as will pretty much *everything as it might be around the peak of the first major run up the hill to the top. I don't expect this will be the end of the bullrun though.
Toward the end of January will complete my 5 years in crypto, which for many people coming in now, must seem like an eternity ago. I remember it like yesterday - *or the day before yesterday. 5 years is a remarkably short time and goes incredibly quickly, yet we live in a world of increasing instant gratification and impatience, which is not a very good mindset for investment.
Talking with a client yesterday who manages 50 or so people, he was saying how it is difficult to support some of them as they tend to want "everything now" and when dealing with a very large organization like the one he is in, "immediately" is six months down the track at least. To get something implemented takes time, effort and discussion, yet people expect their desires to be met in days and weeks, not months and years.
I spoke to him (he's around my age) about how things were different wen we were young than of the culture now. Patience was forced upon us and planning was needed. If we forgot to buy something at the shop, it'd have to wait til tomorrow. If we wanted to watch a series, we would have to watch each episode at a specified time each week. There was no such thing as "binge watching" like today and if we didn't have that "vital" ingredient for our meal, we'd either have to go without or more commonly, make do without.
Even dating is on-demand now.
Something that people miss with on-demand services, is that they are taking away our boredom, so we don't have to create for ourselves. We don't have to find something to do, everything we need is provided. We can be entertained anywhere, anytime and with just about anything we desire (in some form) no matter what we want. No wonder the younger generation are having so little sex, as they are substituting real relationships for entertainment activities instead. Sitting in front of a screen, instead of talking to a potential date at a bar.
But, this on-demand driven lack of patience means that people are unable to focus their attention for long enough on the things that take time to build. An investment portfolio is definitely one of these things and it take a lot of different skillsets grouped together, without one of them being the ability to generate the capital to invest. How can people do that if they don't have the patience to build adequate income streams?
It is funny when people say "but you bought your way in" to something as if that is the easy path. I have heard this quite a few times along my way through crypto the last few years from people who don't know that I didn't buy may way in originally, I worked my way in - on and off the platform. And nor for example, the reason I am able to buy key Splinterlands cards that I want to have, is due to all of that work of the past to build that foundation. This includes all of the work off platform that I do for income so that I have never had to use crypto, other than for trading for crypto.
Because people focus on prices and values of portfolios, they forget that in order for most people to be able to hold a portfolio, is because of all of the other things they have had to do to enable it. Most of those things take time, energy and consistency too.
At the start of January I will have been three years in my employed job too, which is where I am taking holidays from. However, this is a supplementary job (even though it is full-time), as I am self-employed (8 years now) also - and I will do some work with my business during those weeks too. Luckily, it is a quiet time of the year at the turn, so it won't be too much. These income streams take a lot of work to maintain, but they allow me to have some income security, live a life and provide enough that I am for instance, able to pay my mortgage, another investment.
Five years is nothing!
I believe that I have about another five years of building time ahead of me in order to be where I want to be in regards to my financial position and my ability to do what I want. Doing what I want isn't holidaying endlessly as a beach bum, it is working at things I find valuable, which take far more money than just looking after myself and family. When people look at how much they need when they retire, they generally think about how much they as an individual or family need, but if a person wants to really get involved in investing and enabling of new business, they are going to need more than just for themselves. This "extra" is energy to help others build investments and ownership for themselves too, weaving the fabric of society in the process.
Communities aren't built in a day, nor is culture - in fact, very little of consequence can be accomplished in a day, even though at times it might seem like a micro moment changes everything. In general, there are years of activity leading up to our outcomes and this is going to be true on whether we are in the positive, or the negative. When looking at what led to where we are today, we would likely see a whole string of actions that we have been involved with one way or another and, if we had moved left instead of right or taken a step back instead of forward, we might have started to move along a different path.
When it comes to our current mindset, it too is a culmination of activity and experience and that means, of we want to change it for the better, it is going to take time and consistency too. One of the most valuable things I have earned from being in crypto, is my view of the world and my place as part of it. I am far more active and willing to work toward an improved future than I was as a largely passive passenger earlier and, I am slowly building a financial foundation that allows me to empower this process further.
Everyone seems to want a better world, but when given the chance to help build one, all most seem to want to do, is go on an eternal holiday instead. We of course all work on self-interest, but what I think we are finally discovering is, it is in our best interest to think about the best interests of others too, rather than just taking what gets us what we want.
It might take longer to build, but it will far better stand the tests of time.
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Enjoy your holidays with your family. It's good to pass time with family. In this way you can spread more love in your family. I also pass my leisure with my family most of the times. Thanks.
It is nice to be with family :)
I am looking forward to this holiday season. It was just four short years ago that I had a conversation around Thanksgiving that changed the course of my life. It was my first dive into crypto and I have a feeling the conversation is going to be much different but also very familiar this year. I am really excited. I hope you have a great holiday and you are able to rest and relax.
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Definitely something to be thankful for, I am sure.
You are a seasoned professional now :)
Me too! I will be around here with you guys, being thankful as well OI hope :)
I am absolutely agree with you, as you have said,
It doesn't mean we can't help others though.
Yes, we just think about ourselves, not others.
This Covid has ruined my holidays too, let's see if it get successful in the upcoming holiday season
Do you have any dream plans?
Yes, to stay in a hill station for rest of my life that is my dream plan....would take time to get to that financial freedom before doing so
I wish doctors took holidays.
5 years in crypto looks like you have been there like forever.
I think a lot of people need a breather
"Doctors without Holidays"
My wife's brother-in-law is a doctor - in ten years, I don't think he has been at a Christmas without being on call.
A breather from the shite for sure - the problem is, when does shit get fixed? This is what I am talking about in regards to the long investment - it is to build for the future, so than we don't need holidays from our normal lives.
This life can be very sad especially when the reward is not handsome.
I know right...
He is a radiologist and is in high demand, he does okay financially. But, the hours are hard.
I totally agree with you. On the way to conquering dreams, in addition to the necessary conditions of wisdom and vision, the sufficient conditions to achieve the goal are perseverance and patience. Without patience, we will hardly get what we want.
I wish you more success with your plans ahead.
No matter what we invest in, if it doesn't have time to mature, it isn't going to grow.
Yes. It's a long process to get a good result back. I got what you said. Thanks for your quality posts 🙂
Five years, what a ride! I'm rounding up on my fourth next April and it's been a hell of a journey that's for sure. I'm trying to do some numbers and figure out what I've got going on and where to make some additional investments in crypto. Not huge ones but replacing what I would've normally contributed to a stock-based retirement fund and instead putting it in crypto has been an awesome step. Now I'm looking for more steps to take, cautiously of course.
I recently had two weeks off and it was awesome to have an extended amount of time to balance out the constant work. It was great to have, hope you can enjoy yours! Being at the beach would be best of course but we can take what we get, even if that's some ice and snow!
Bloody hard, isn't it? So many things going on simultaneously. Be careful of course - I take the "slowly, slowly" approach with most of it, but with small amounts, "go fast"
I don't mind the winter. At least here it is so dark most of the time, people can't see me skate...
Hahah, the darkness is definitely something I couldn't get used to! I am someone who enjoys sun as much as possible!
Yeah, things happening simultaneously is tricky for sure. We have a lot of things we are doing but that's what you have to do to get ahead and make something. I find it fun but also difficult for sure. Lots of different directions and none which we can master, just enough to be decent at something before adding something else on lol I like that though, can't be pigeon holed!
You have got your holiday plans well drafted out, spending quality time with your family and giving a quality attention to your crypto as well, it's amazing!
Yea talking about investment, patient is the key inorder to achieve a good result. I remember being impatient with selling my bitcoin earlier this year and I still regret my actions till date, though I have learnt my lessons.
Thanks for sharing.
It depends what you sold it for. Did you reinvest into something else, or spend it? That can make a big difference.
Well, I used to to attend the family needs at that moment though I wished I found other alternative rather than selling it then.
Everybody on the earth deserve for family time and thats what a holiday is meant to be exist. My companies hired 250 headcounts and all from different religion so when Christmas comes then even 10 employees goes off to work ,still project work load don't burden remaining working employees. So basically my companies also priotised holiday to maintain healthy work culture.
In Final word - Work life is important but Family time is more important .
I think it is important that companies look after the health of employees adequately. I can't really complain about the one I work for :)
It is now that we have reached adulthood and five years of life have become nothing. The older we are, the faster the time of life flies. But when I was young, five years seemed like an eternity ...
Nice with a long winter holiday ! It will be quite interesting to have a long holiday during this time of the year. The summer holidays are usually stacked with a lot of different activities, not only resting but maintaining the house, car what have you. The winter, at least in this part of the world tends to be more slow so it will be a really good time for resting and reflecting, and of course managing the crypto portfolio as well :)
5 years in the crypto game is a long time, but like you said it has passed really quickly. Generally when it comes to success it is not by chance. Getting in early in the crypto world took a lot of guts and a lot of research to understand the whole spectrum. And the main key to success is patience, and sticking it out, being greedy when others are scared, and careful when others are greedy and having the conviction is not easy.
Unless you have a big starting capital, not even in Crypto you will get rich over night, so a lot of people, especially today don’t have the patience to be successful.
Btw I read your other article “Eyes on poverty porn”. I didn’t comment because there were already a lot of comments on there lol. But I enjoyed it very much and it definitely made me think a lot. Being a parent to a young kid the habits have changed quite a bit lately, and in the evenings I must admit the habit has become to just sit in front of the tv. Of course I have an excuse, I’m tired as hell. But in the end the opportunity cost of just distracting oneself with a screen the whole evening is too big. I mean what constructive outcome did I get from watching the Squid game ? Non, I just threw away a lot of hours I could have spent on something productive. So I’ve decided to give the Tv a little more rest hence forth and do something else with my time that I enjoy and that will be better for me mentally and physically.
So thanks for the inspiration!
I will stare out the window at the snow in silence - "Scandinavian style" :D
This is part of the problem for many IRL too - they don't have the patience or dedication to see something through to a point it could have a chance of being successful. I know a lot of young people who have started businesses - they took a salary too early.
If you use it to produce something, then it might be okay. However, most people watch and barely think of what they have watched after - no change, no point.
Don't blame me if you improve your life - it is all you! :D
I can say that the most of the coming generation called Z is not patient. They want to turn the corner in a short time. They are ready to escape from struggle.
Right, we were taught to be patient. We had to wait for the things we dreamed to have when we were kids or young. There was hardship, if you had money, you could buy "it", if not, you had wait and save money. However, it is not so. You can buy with credit card.
Have a good holiday, you will have much more time play Splinterlands :)
I wonder how much of the debt is driven by small consumer items that people just "couldn't wait for"?
In my country yes, mobile phone, tablet, laptop, clothes. Otherwise, they wouldn't be able to rollover the debts.
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Those two phrases I too have seen in a lot of comments. Two of the primary ways to get and hold Hive, but it seems that when you look at the wallets of those making those kind of dividing statements neither side has anything really holding in their wallets.
I am liking the current direction of Hive though, seems like it has been a while since dropping below $1.00, so maybe a good sign for the end of the year.
Yes - this is common. It is the same for people who complain about their rewards, are often also the people selling everything they get.
The end of the year looks good!
End of the year is looking real good, Friday, my Black Friday shopping is going to be getting to 9,000 HP. I have enough in H-E liquid to do it right now, but I am going for a Black Friday buy. I can't think of any Black Friday shopping things I need or even want right now. I could wait til cyber Monday, but I wont.
Five years is nothing!
I believe that I have about another five years of building time ahead of me in order to be where I want to be in regards to my financial position and my ability to do what I want.
Now that's exactly my problem. I will be 5 years on Hive in June next year and if I have to do another 5 years I will be a quarter of the way where you will be.
But in 5 years time I will be 71 years old if I make it.
So, time is not on my side.
In your case yes, you are right as you can push it and 5 years nowadays is what 2 or 3 years was in the 60's. Life has increased at a tremendous tempo with all of the new inventions to play with and to keep one busy.
Btw. Marian likes your pictures and she send greetings to your family. She liked the balancing act of smallsteps on the skates.
71 is fine!
For me, it hasn't all been done on Hive alone, it has been all over the place in crypto. Not everyone can or will do this.
So you say, but wait until you get to 71, which I know you will.
Not everyone can or will do this.
I belong to the first.