It takes money to make money. If you commit none you get none. And it’s always up to you.
Not to worry. A mindset adjustment worked for us. It still works. You too. Here it is. We learned that investing is investing in yourself. A bread winner? Then you get it. It’s also investing in them. You can spend it anytime you choose. But why would you? Investing is the gift that keeps on giving, to you. How does that get old? It’s not deprivation. It’s sly glinting victory, one that continues to roll. We’ve felt it. It’s like warm whispering in your ear, a deep and quiet knowing, it’s that vivid kaleidoscope of feelings we all have when we realize some freedom. Those are known as options. The luscious options themselves rank far higher than almost anything we could buy. We know because we think about it. But then, maybe that’s just us.
Don’t eat your seeds. Plant some. StockJaw’s here to help. Here we go.
Refine Your Thinking. Redefine Your Investing.
We’ve said it before. Mindset and perspective are pivotal. Who wants to listen to a crispy-dry monologue about saving? No one with a heartbeat. Who wants to be told the path to more runs straight through Death Valley? Who “commits” themselves to a program of deprivation all in the hope of maybe someday living larger–if it all works out? Almost no one.
All that’s good. Because all that’s nonsense. It’s also unnecessary. In fact that type of monastic thinking will lead us no where. Being led no where translates into bouncing down the very same vinyl-grove spending habits we created long ago. Zero change guarantees same.
Early days at Facebook. Lunchtime, February 4, ’04, Menlo Park, CA. Zuckerberg in front.
Monks don’t have fat stacks. Rather, they take vows of poverty–some of them. A single trip to the Vatican cured Luther of that kind of thinking. Enforced deprivation will not lead to more. But a single shift in perspective will. Here’s how.
Spending money’s fun, or participating in what money provides is fun. Investing money may even be more fun. No? Fact. You can spend money only once. But you can save and invest the exact same money again and again and again. How cool is that? Friends will talk. “You still investing that same old stack of cash you started mowing lawns?” “Yeah, I am, only now it’s 20x bigger.” There’s more–and better news.
Eat it once, or invest it for as long as you like. Your call–it always is.
The universal truth of resource value became quite clear at the birth of agriculture. Agrarian societies gathered this fact quickly. You don’t consume seed stock. You save and multiply it. You eat some of the results.
Hunting and gathering as a system lacks the productivity required to produce either towns or culture. PPG does not pay employees in pine nuts. Purdue Pharma might at one time have attempted to pay employees in product. But bartering presents built-in limitations, just as hunting and gathering.
The cultivation of crops along with animal husbandry created sufficient food stocks to allow the establishment of sizable cities. Cities in turn facilitated commerce which in turn created wealth. That’s because you don’t eat feed stock. Now you’ve heard the entire story of civilization. Civilization is required in the process of asset building. Now you remember why they dragged you through anthropology. That was easy.
After fire, the wheel, and currency, came Ray Kroc and McFood. Really.
Saving your seeds begins to feel very different once you experience the stunning power of investing. Draw a balance. Save some, spend some. What you save and invest will grow, and so will your understanding of exactly why you did it. We promise. Besides, simply stashing some back creates a sense of empowerment and security. How much are those worth? Those are things you don’t pay for. They pay you. You can eat a few of those seeds yo.