3 Areas Of Your Life That Are Secretly Suffering
We’re living in an era of massive acceleration.
Governments get dismissed within days, self-made billionaires are made within a few years, and companies grow and collapse rapidly. Heck, even time seems to run quicker every single day.
With all these constant changes, it’s hard to slow down, take a deep breath, and assess the practical consequences for our daily lives.
Sure, most of us are aware that things are changing – even more so in the near future. We know that AI will replace jobs, that people will work from home, and that cars will drive autonomously.
However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. These are just the macro trends.
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The important question is: How to profit from these changes?
And that’s exactly where the problem lies. In an accelerated world, established knowledge gets outdated quickly, and mainstream opinion can’t keep up anymore. Universal rules, which have been valid for decades can grow old by tomorrow.
Think of the German car industry for example. Within a few years, the classic automotive industry is threatened by electric cars to the point of becoming extinct.
But there is good news for you: As new rules constantly emerge, new opportunities do so either – in all areas of your life.
And to make it easy, I have identified three areas of life that get neglected by mainstream opinion, but will go through a massive change in the next few years. For every single one of them, rules will change dramatically and common sense won’t work anymore – with all its negative and positive consequences.
The following 3 life areas have the power to either make or break you.
My computer science professor once told me: „In your future career, you don’t need to program because you will have other people doing the programming for you”.
Now here’s the price question: How does my work look like today?
Answer: 6 to 8 hours of programming, 5 days a week, for the last 5 years.
That brings me to my first point: Our education system is deeply broken. Maybe that’s an understatement, given the fact that America’s student loan debt is around 1.5 Trillion dollars 1.
Academical institutions, especially public ones, can no longer keep up with the rapid growth of knowledge and the ever-changing requirements of the industry. In fact, most professors are using the same sheets they used 10 years ago.
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So what does this trend mean for you?
As you can probably assume, you’re responsible for your own education. You need to design your future.
Because when it comes to your personal learning, other people, including your teachers, profs, bosses, and even your mom are just wildly guessing. You’re the only one who knows his deepest dreams, ambitions, strengths, and weaknesses. So it’s your job to find your unfair advantage, and then a way to build a career around that advantage. [I’ll publish an essay on „how to find your unfair advantage” in the near future]
However, with that wide range of information being available, try to keep a healthy balance between learning and doing. It’s easy: if you learn something new, put it immediately into practice:
- If you had a programming crash course, build a simple app.
- If you worked through a SEO tutorial, start a niche blog.
- If you know some marketing, start a Facebook group about a topic you’re interested in.
As soon as you take full responsibility for your education, it certainly helps to improve your general learning skills. If you want to dive deeper into that topic, just type „how to learn more effectively” or „how to learn faster” in Google or YouTube, and you’ll be amazed about how easy it is to accelerate your learning.
Life used to be simple:
- Bring your money to the bank
- Wait a few years
- Interest rates will make you rich(er).
But times have changed, and new investment strategies are required.
The obvious solution would be entrusting your money to professionals like bankers or financial advisors. If that’s your plan, you should think twice.
There are three major reasons that speak against outsourcing your money to experts:
Reason 1 – Experts’ Dilemma
First of all, keep in mind that the main goal of a financial expert is making money for himself, and secondly for you. After all, it’s his job. This will inevitably lead to contradictions between his goals and your goals, which make their investment decisions at least questionable.
Reason 2 – You Can Do It Better
No joke, thanks to digitalization it’s easier than ever to get educated about finances, automate your investing strategy, and manage your own portfolio. There are endless investment opportunities you can choose from, be it ETFs, stocks, real state, bonds or precious metals (this is no buying recommendation, think for your own!). The only important thing is that you start to get your hands dirty, gain valuable experience along the way, and set yourself apart from all the other people who keep their hard-earned money in the bank.
Reason 3 – Investor Mindset
Once you take full responsibility for your investments, your world view will change. Instead of just saving your money and being risk-averse, you will start to see investment opportunities in your everyday life.
If you want to invest your hard-earned money, you’re forced to interact with your environment in a new way. You will think about people, business, technology, and future trends on a far deeper level. Besides that, you need to improve your social skills, learn data research and make rational investment decisions. That’s the power of the investor mindset.
A warning in the end: In case you’re an investment beginner, start with small amounts of money and keep your risk low. Once you get better and start to trust your investment process, you can put in more money.
Rhetorical question: Are you familiar with these doctors who make their diagnosis as they enter the door of the treatment room?
If there’s something more broken than our education system, it’s definitively public health. And in times of recession and aging societies, don’t expect any improvements in the near future.
You already guessed it, right? Besides becoming your own teacher (education) and financial advisor (finances), it’s time to become your own doctor as well.
That’s not as bad as it sounds. Modern medicine, or more exactly, public health, focuses on treating symptoms because that’s where the money is. The formula is simple: When you’re in pain, you will do (pay) anything to get your health back.
But a lot of your doctor’s visits could have been prevented in the first place – by eating better, by reducing stress, by working out, by being happy or by simply going for a walk. So it’s a simple rule: Good health centers around prevention, not the treatment of symptoms.
The public health system, however, will never go that way since prevention doesn’t bring them any money. Do you think public health will profit if we start to eat more broccoli, have a better work-life-balance or go out into nature more often?
And even if that was the case, sustainable prevention is a complex system consisting of nutrition, exercise, emotional wellbeing, environmental stressors (family, job, …) and even your personal story. Only a very few doctors would have the time, nerves and capabilities to break this down for you.
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So again, you’re responsible for your health. Live a balanced life, work out without stressing your body too much, stay away (or run away) from toxic people, relax from time to time, get educated about health in general, and most importantly, listen to your body.
If that doesn’t work out, have a detailed systems perspective on your life and try to connect the dots. How do your surroundings, habits, actions, thoughts, and emotions correlate in terms of health (trust me, they do)?
- Do you catch a cold when you don’t stick to your daily routine?
- Do you get stomach pain in times of distress?
- What kind of food makes you feel foggy?
If you start to ask and answer these questions, you’ll break free from the public health system and you’ll need doctors in emergency cases only.