As we wrap up the last year, here is my yearly review article and 3 lessons I’ve learnt in 2021.
1. Use Discomfort as a Signal
Last year, I started a Youtube channel to share my thoughts and ideas, as an extension to my blog.
The idea of starting Youtube has always been spinning around in my head.
But I’ve just never gotten around to doing it.
There are voices that say “Oh it’s too late to start Youtube in 2021, it’s hard to succeed because it’s too saturated. Will people even watch?”
But I am reminded of the idea to “Use discomfort as a signal.”
I felt comfortable with writing online.
But the thought of starting a Youtube channel was something out of my comfort zone.
And so I stepped out of what feels comfortable to me and I am happy to be able to connect with like-minded people.
Discomfort can be a good thing, if you use it as a signal for growth.
2. Create More Than You Consume
Be an active creator of content, not a passive consumer.
Take ideas in your head and transform them into something real.
Creating value for others should be your goal.
3. Enough is a decision, not an amount
I love this parable of the Fisherman and the Investment Banker.
If you haven’t heard of it, here it goes.
The investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.
Inside the small boat were several large fin tuna.
The banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The fisherman replied… “Only a little while.”
The banker then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish?
The fisherman said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.
The banker then asked… “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The fisherman said…
The banker scoffed…
The fisherman asked… “But, how long will this take?”
To which the banker replied… “15–20 years.”
The fisherman thought for a moment and then asked… “But what then?”
The banker laughed and said that’s the best part…
And, once again the fisherman asked…
The banker said…
This parable brings clarity to what the money game is all about… and definitely not about.
It brilliantly illustrates the illusions we so easily fall into when pursuing wealth and financial freedom.
Happiness is about being okay with simply having enough.