FVS 36: Setting the Course for your life

Here is your weekly For Value Sake, contributing value to your growth.

A weekly post, it contains a few articles, a book recommendation and a TED talk.

These are the most impressionable resources I consumed during the week, and share them so you can reap some value as I did.

A Quote Worth Thinking About

“Intelligence is something we are born with. Thinking is a skill that must be learned.” — Edward de Bono

+ Read past editions of For Value Sake: 35, 34, and All,


personal development

I. Setting the Course of your Life

+ “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” — Benjamin Franklin”

+”I learned that what you achieve is not nearly as meaningful as the person you become in the process of achievement”

+ “If you don’t know where you stand, you can’t determine where you’re going next. “

+”Your goals aren’t set in stone. Life is full of constant surprises, and it’s normal for your circumstances or desires to change. When this happens, it’s important to be flexible and compassionate with yourself”

+” Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. “

+”The question of today is simple: Will you continue floating in the wind and hope you don’t get carried to a miserable life, or will you begin consciously steering the ship toward a joy-filled and fulling future? 
The choice is yours.”

We are in month 5, almost half of the year.
At this time of the year, most people have forgotten their new year resolutions or the goals they set at the beginning of the year. 
We set the course of our lives by setting goals, measuring them, reviewing them, updating or pivoting them as life throws its curveballs. 
I spent some time last week reviewing my first quarter and could see the places I had totally fallen off. 
With that I mind I blocked out time in the calendar to plan out and execute them in this quarter.

I find this article very instrumental in carrying out this process.

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wealth development

II. Investing for Beginners . wealth development

+”Nobody starts out an expert, and even the best investors in the world were once sitting where you are.”

+ “…investing is about laying out money today with the expectation of getting more money back in the future”

+ “three most common kinds of investments: Stocks, bonds, and real estate.”

+ “On an aggregate basis, equities have historically been the most rewarding asset class for investors seeking to build wealth over time without using large amounts of leverage.”

Wealth development just like everything in life requires careful planning and disciplined execution. 
And before all that comes knowledge and understanding.
This piece explains the fundamentals of investing. 
I sort it out as I am working on understanding this topic for my own good.

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relationship development

III. Relationships take work — but that doesn’t mean you should suffer

+ All relationships take work. But not all “work” is good

+ “All couples fight,” but not all fights are good

+ Contempt is a red flag. Resentment is a red flag. Name-calling and low blows and emotional warfare are all loud and proud red flags.

+ All couples get upset. All people have disagreements, frustrations, human emotions that don’t perfectly coincide.

+ The difference between “good” work and “bad” is how you channel this, and whether you see each other as partners or opponents against whom you want to win, overpower, or be “right.”

Kris always delivers a beautiful piece.

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Everything You hear on Film is a lie — Tasos Frantzolas

+ Sound design is built on deception — when you watch a movie or TV show, nearly all of the sounds you hear are fake.

Fun watch!

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Skin in the Game, by Nassim Taleb

+ Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

+ Minorities, not majorities, run the world. The world is not run by consensus but by stubborn minorities imposing their tastes and ethics on others.

+ True religion is commitment, not just faith. How much you believe in something is manifested only by what you’re willing to risk for it

Nassim’s books are always too deep for me but I read them still. 
Skin in the game explores what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others.

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