Lofty Tips of the Week: 5

Here are a few more tips, to get you by the week

 

Work With What You Have”

Unless you have a true passion, or nagging desire to learn/do something, you’d be better off just focusing your energy on what you already know and like to do. For example, learning to develop apps in this day and age is seen as a very lucrative way to make money. One simply sits at a desk for hours, typing away lines of code and boom you have an app. I’ve seen to many kids my age try and learn app development with the hopes of becoming rich quick. Most of them wasted a lot of their precious time and money on books and frustration filled nights, with no real return from the experience. Just because something seems cool or enticing, doesn’t mean you should go peruse it; instead look for other (indirect) ways in which you can affect said thing with your current skill set. If you’re good with photos and drawing, app devs are always looking for graphic artists. This way, you’re still exposed to the appealing thing, actually contributing to it, without needing to peruse something totally foreign.

 

All about the timing

All about the timing

“Look at time as an Investment (once in a while)”

Basic investment theology: invest looking for a positive return. Think of your time as an investment, and think of the possible result of investing your time as the return. For example, say you have a project due Monday and you are off class early Friday afternoon. You really do not have anything going on for the next two hours, so you have a choice. You could A.) Go to the Starbucks, grab a triple-mocha-vanilla-oreo-ebola-frap-a-soo and watch funny cat videos on YouTube for the next 2 hours…or B.) You could go grab a coffee, find a nice quite place and work on your project due Monday. Now, choice A.) Would be quite entertaining, your return from your investment would be two hours of cat filled joy. But, choice B.) Would net you a reduction in stress, a sense of accomplishment, and possibly a better grade on the project. Both are viable options, the choice is dependent on the person.

 

“Quit While You Ahead”

Quitting to narrow-minded plebeians seems like accepting defeat. “Only weenies quit” as, shouted by some pipe cleaner minded simpletons. Yes, people who are weak and vulnerable are the ones that usually quit, but so are the smartest. If you’ve already proved yourself, made it to the top, and are in everybody’s eyes (and crosshairs) the best thing you can do is play it safe and “quit”. When you are at the top, you’re the most vulnerable. There is more attention directed towards you; people watch your every move, knit-picking every decision you make. You buy a $50,000 Rolex and people call you frivolous. You say your expanding your business to Germany, and people immediately accuse you of robbing the US public of jobs. You break up with your controlling, bimbo of a girlfriend, and you’re the one being called a sleazebag. Being at the top isn’t an entirely pleasurable experience; in fact it’s quite the opposite. That’s why, the smart people at the top take the nearest exit at the top. If you get offered $1.7 billion for your company, you take the money. But if your company’s just starting, and you get offered $300 million while similar more mature companies are measured in billions, you still have room to grow and your far from the top. Decline, not wait burn that offer and more forward. What’s the fun in jumping from the middle of a building? Jump off when you’re at the top.

Icahn should honestly start considering quitting, before he gets bit.