First and foremost, our thoughts are going out to all of you affected by Covid-19. It has been a difficult second year with this virus around us and some of us are back into lockdown. We will only know the full psychological, biological, and economic effects of the virus years from now. Nonetheless, one thing is for sure in our minds: we will get past this epic period, adapt if necessary, and the sun will shine bright for many days to come. We wish you and your close ones a Happy New Year!
A daily glance or two in a mirror softens the transforming and deepening grooves of our life’s journey on our skin. The changes are subtle and hardly noticeable on a daily basis but there is no fooling ourselves in the long run. Change is inevitable and surely quite visible.
Change is a constant in all that exists: our universe, our planet, our nature, our families, our careers, our companies, our work, and ultimately our lives. Most of us prefer a status quo, the same, it is predictable, it is easy, and does not require a lot of mental energy – routines have become automatic and known. Staying in our comfort zone is so much easier, so why change?
Who would have thought we would be talking about meme stocks and who would have thought that the stock market could become an entertainment platform for not only the weekend warrior investor but for everybody who is not on Zoom doing something semi-serious, armed with a Robinhood API and fully loaded with Reddit and Twitter accounts ready to go to battle?
“The truth is that life is by nature harsh and competitive. No matter how much money or resources you have accumulated, someone will try to take them from you, or unexpected changes in the world will push you backward. These are not adverse circumstances but merely life as it is. […] Those who are not afraid of change or chaos; they embrace it by being as fluid as possible. They move with the flow of events and then gently channel them in the direction of their choice, exploiting the moment. Through their mind-set, they convert a negative (unexpected events) into a positive (an opportunity).” The 50th Law, 50 Cent
“If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to”- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching ~600 BC.
“Change is the only constant” – Heraclitus of Ephesus ~500 BC.
“Everybody talks as if they know what is going to change, but they are all just guessing”- i-Cthru ~2021 AC
It is 2:00 AM in the Ariake district of Tokyo, Japan. Yet in the dark, sleepy hours of the night, there is a lot of activity. A warehouse and a huge logistics center are humming with activity; a delivery truck is being unloaded; bar codes are being scanned; and products are disappearing in a dimly lit warehouse, where they are stored and packed, made ready for distribution to Uniqlo’s 900 stores in Japan…
Do you know the story of Francois Dominique Toussaint Louverture? He was a highly respected French general, a visionary rebel leader who established a free republic, and much more. Check your feelings while reading this remarkable true story as it is essential to know what chemicals are released to create your feelings. Yes, I want to show you something. There is a reason…
Play to win. Repeat.Everybody likes to win. It is in our nature. The rush caused by winning is prodigious, especially if the winnings are significant. We either win due to luck or skill, or a combination of the two. Usually, when skills are equal amongst players, luck plays the deciding factor. Winning by sheer luck is satisfactory but poses an immediate challenge to the winner: “Can I repeat my win? Is this possible?”. Winning because of skill is much more satisfactory than winning thanks to luck, but also poses an immediate challenge: “How do I keep ahead of my nearest …