Hi nerds -
I salute you from Panama on the day before Christmas eve, grateful to be able to spend it with my loved ones at home.
Giving and receiving gifts is a very humble act.
- Giving means putting other people’s interests and tastes above our own.
- Receiving means accepting we’re missing something someone else can help with.
That’s why gifting ourselves is so powerful: because we’re making a conscious, humble analysis of what we like, what we’re missing, and how we can get it.
I’ve decided to make this edition about the best gifts I’ve gifted myself in 2021 🎁.
3 brain farts
🎯 Skin in the game: This year I trusted my gut and decided to put my money where my mouth is. I'd been investing slowly for a few years, but in 2021 I took it upon myself to come up with an investment strategy that fit my budget and goals.
A portion in stocks, a portion in a retirement fund, a piece in cryptocurrencies and NFTs, another bit in projects I believe in, and most recently, in building my own company.
But more relevant than the “where” is the “how”. Mentally letting go of having money “safe” in the bank required a big psychological hurdle, but only through skin in the game was I able to reinforce my “why”.
Both gains and losses enrich curiosities, support self-confidence, and define perception on beliefs and trends. Skin in the game is the only way to truly learn.
♻️ Recursive creation loops: Recursive loops happen in programming when a function keeps calling itself endlessly.
- Pros: great for some iterative algorithms like games, where you want the game to start over every time.
- Cons: unless there’s an explicit condition for ending the loop, recursion can cause bugs for applications’ performance.
Same things happens to us when we create.
- Pros: creation creates more creation. Once we get on the flow of creativity and execution, our creative brain calls itself over and over. This is great because it means we’re producing value for society and for ourselves.
- Cons: if we do this non-stop, our performance takes a toll. We get burned out, no longer enjoy what we’re building, and get trapped in an autopilot flow.
The best gift I gifted myself was scheduling my creation loops and leisure breaks. Planning to get even better at this for 2022.
Feedback: Receiving and giving feedback is the gift that keeps on giving.
Specific, actionable, honest, and respectful - telling people what you think makes the world a better place.
And this shouldn’t be only for “constructive criticism”. We are surrounded by people we admire and respect (hopefully 🤞🏽) and we don't tend to compliment them enough.
Words of love bounce back like boomerangs and create relationships as sustainable as recycling glass. They help us spot our patterns, feel empowered, and grow together: a non-negotiable for my partner and I 💙.
2 intellectual goodies
"Most people don't start.
Most people who start don't continue.
Most people who continue give up.
Many winners are just the last ones standing.
Don't give up."
~ The Minimalist Entrepreneur, Sahil Lavingia
"The secret to getting ahead is getting started,
The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one."
~ Mark Twain
1 funky audio
No, I won't send out a Christmas tune today. You're welcome.
Instead, here's a jazzy deep house song I found earlier this week. Nice for the ride on the way to Christmas dinners 🌲.
PS: I'd recommend checking out the entire album if you have the chance.. Sickkkkk beats.
Thanks for reading.
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