The two year rule, stated simply, is that if you want your money back in two years, don't invest. It was stated by legendary investor Peter Lynch.   We, of course, take a broader view of investing. In addition to money, we also invest time, effort and energy.   If you want your returns in less than two years, you have too much short-term thinking. You lack the persistence required to succeed.   The same can be said of entrepreneurship, because every entrepreneurial or creative endeavour is an investment.   If you're not willing to stick with the drop-shipping store, Instagram page, podcast or blog for two years,

From time to time, you'll come across those people who advertise — "I'm incredibly self-aware" they say.   But no one who is truly self-aware brags about or emphasise how self-aware they are.   No, that gift of self-awareness is the gift of knowing how much you do not know.   They think they are a step above everyone else, that they don't fall into the same traps as the everyday muggle. But really they have replaced their need to satisfy their ego with money and status with advertising how 'enlightened' they are.   As usual, those who push anything too hard are compensating, are insecure.   You'll notice that

Most of us look for a map to follow. I suspect we have all been guilty of wanting to see the path laid out before us, with no hidden bends or unfinished roads.   But as it is with real-world expeditions, you need to go off road.   No great learning or solution can be laid out step-by-step-by-step. The Thousand Doors is the truth that your real future lies hidden, out of sight, and requires you to Open Doors.   There is no fool-proof process, no journey free from obstacles. If you're being creative and daring, there are very few relevant best practices.   Nothing worthwhile is straightforward.   Stop

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.”― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth   Courtesy of https://www.sacredearthjourneys.ca/blog/5-joseph-campbell-quotes-for-initiating-a-personal-heros-journey/ This is one of many Joseph Campbell quotes that speaks to our innate desire to set forth on a path that, on an outer level, resonates with our inner-realities or souls. To Campbell, a

If you don't have time to set your priorities, then you have outsourced your time management to what's been thrown at you.   As your time is finite, this means, you've outsourced your life. You're making the mistake they made on United Airlines Flight 173 (which crashed).   Your most important system is the one you use to manage your time.   If you don't have a system, that means you've resorted to the default.   The default browser on your computer is not necessarily the best one for you. The default career path, the one your culture pointed you towards, is not necessarily the best one for

I've heard, from various sources, that online courses have anywhere between a 2-8% completion rate. Given my interest in education, learning, and online education, today I'm going to speculate as to why.   Here's four reasons to explore: Most of us are bad at coming back to things People realise it's not for them Inspiration is not sustainable. Often, people are not looking to learn.   1) Most of us are bad at coming back to things   Don't try to motivate yourself to go to an early morning gym session. Just get up and put your gym shorts on — then you'll find yourself triggering

I googled this and took my inspiration from the first result. So I hope it's correct.   [According to this site a snake, unlike other reptiles, appears to shed its skin in one go.   The snake grows, and as such, its skin begins to stretch.   It then reaches a point where further growth is not possible. That presents a problem.   So what does the snake do?   It grows its new skin underneath. Once complete, the old skin is shed away.   What it leaves is a snake-shaped skin behind it. A replica, yet, a hollow one.   Like a past version of yourself, that you've shed, it looks like you from the

Adam Geha of EG writes:   When I inspect office buildings and shopping centres prior to purchase, I always make sure to inspect the toilets. It's not the most glamorous part of the tour, but often the most telling.   I look at how well the toilets are maintained. Are they clean? Are they well ventilated? Is the soap and toilet paper well stocked?   Why do I bother? Because how the toilets are maintained is often a reliable gauge of the owner's mindset and the modus operandi of the managing agent.   If the toilets are poorly maintained it tells me a couple of things. First, the

There's a lesson to be found in how the Romans celebrated victory.   Courtesy of the Daily Stoic:   After a major military victory, the triumphant military generals were paraded through the streets to the roars of the masses. The ceremonial procession could span the course of a day with the military leader riding in a chariot drawn by four horses. There was not a more coveted honor. The general was idolized, viewed as divine by his troops and the public alike.   But riding in the same chariot, standing just behind the worshipped general, was a slave. The slave’s sole responsibility for the entirety of

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