The CC

Done it again.

Introducing…

…the…

…Constitutional Comparative (CC). 

It’s in our constitutions…to compare. 

We exhibit the constitutional comparative by default…

…and we need to expunge this trait from our DNA…

…which takes time…

…but can be done, with determination and practice. 

Each one of us is unique, and we’ve come to do unique things. 

Some blossom early. 

Some blossom late. 

Some don’t blossom at all, or so it seems. Turns out later, their sole purpose in life was to provide stabilizing energy to their environment. They became activated from the womb, and they deactivated upon death. There was no question of blossoming at a certain time. You could also say, that they blossomed their whole life long. 

SEE?

Don’t compare. 

You can’t see the wheels within wheels just like that. 

Seeing wheels within wheels takes insight, penance and an appropriate state of mind. Therefore, if you really must compare, at least graduate to that state of mind first, where you possess the capability to see wheels within wheels in action. 

Or, if graduating to this state of mind is not worth your while, well, fine, no probs, but…

…DON’T COMPARE then…please. 

Live your life. 

Do what you’ve come to do. 

If you don’t know what you’ve come to do, well, FIND OUT. 

HOW?

Go within. 

Talk to yourself. Yeah, it’s not crazy to talk to yourself. 

In solitude come phenomenal solutions. 

You realise who you are…

…and what you’ve come to do. 

In a crowd, such finer points get lost, in the noise. 

And, why all this on a blog which has to do with finance?

Well, you can only invest properly if you’ve found yourself first. 

If you know who you are, you’ll also invest like who you are, as per your risk profile. 

A portfolio put together with the knowledge of your own risk profile will last you long, and will give you good returns for life. 

🙂

 

 

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WoC

I think I found something. 

It’s very possible someone chanced upon my discovery before me. 

Doesn’t bother me. 

Reason?

I’m happy that I found something…myself. 

Struggle in finding…taught…me. 

I’m richer in implementational knowledge. 

Oh, I forgot to mention that I’m sharing the essence of my discovery…with you. 

Why?

I like to share. 

I won’t be spoon-feeding you…believe me. 

However, I won’t fall short of inserting the seed in your mind. 

Spare me the BS. 

I’ve heard it a million times before.

I have enough, and beyond that, I’m not commercially minded. 

In sharing are the riches. Hoarding leads to blockage…which leads to disease.

Sharing is flow. 

Flow leads to health…and happiness. 

Anyways, I’ve just established the WoC. 

Stands for Window of Confidence. 

You make it. 

How?

With your System. 

How?

Any which way you can mould your System to make it. 

Why do you make it?

It’s your basket…, your fishing net, actually. 

What do you catch in it?

That, which you wish to investigate further…for the purpose of investment. 

Whatever you delve into needs to meet certain standards, right?

There, you have it. 

Oh, one last thing…

…you ONLY look in your WoC…

…for that which needs to be investigated. 

You don’t look anywhere else.

Period. 

Happy Investing!

🙂

System Addict

System. 

Make. 

Now. 

Life in the markets requires a plan.

No plan…no life…in the markets. 

Many don’t know this. 

Some are finding out…the hard way. 

Others are looking for free lunches…and not finding any. 

Few…have found out. 

They’re perfecting their plan…chiseling away. 

When they have something substantial…it’s called a system. 

Have system…will move. 

It’s as simple as that. 

That’s another master-word. 

What?

Simple. 

The most powerful systems in the world…are simple. 

They consist of a few basic elements, woven into a mother element. 

They have an on-off switch which even a donkey can operate. 

But that’s about it. The donkey can operate the on-off switch. Only the maker can operate his or her system properly.

Why?

Because the maker knows the nitty-gritty. 

Nitty-grittiness shows itself while making. 

No one else knows it. 

Only you do, as a system-maker. 

Also, no one else needs to be bothered about your system, because your system only applies to you, and to no one else. Unfortunately, it ain’t so in real life. Many don’t want the hard work involved in developing a system. They just want the system. That’s dangerous. 

Why?

You see, those who have a system falling into their lap, well, they don’t know its pitfalls. They can’t know. They haven’t had that alone time, when the system showed its limitations. That’s why, they’re in for a big surprise if things get ugly. They risk losing everything. 

Don’t bother about anyone else’s system. 

Develop your own. Know how to work it. Know when to work it. Know when to stop. Know when to find remedies. Know when to pull the plug and develop a new system. 

This game is about you. Not about the markets. Not about the money. Not about anyone else. Not about anything else. 

It’s about you. 

Realise that. Now. Please.

The Age of Shocks

We are in it. 

Bang in the middle. 

There’s some shock almost everyday. 

Even Yellen’s words have shock effects. 

Had anyone even heard of Yellen a few years ago?

Natural disasters, terrorism, scams, frauds, upheaval…

…well, you have no choice…

…but to incorporate them into your market strategy. 

If you don’t, well, God bless you and God help you. 

So, where do we stand. 

Definitely towards value. 

Growth – hmmm, we’ll take growth after we take value, in a stock picked up for value. 

We’re not following any growth strategies. 

Let growth happen as a matter of course. 

We’re not entering something which is in the middle of growth. 

We’re entering it before its growth potential is apparent to everyone. 

Why?

Stocks, whose growth is apparent to everyone, are very susceptible indeed, should they show even one bad quarter. They can be cut down to half their size even if one ruddy quarter goes out of line. That’s the problem in the age of shocks. 

What about stocks with growth potential which are in the doldrums?

Well, bad quarters are the norm for them, temporarily. One more bad quarter is not going to make much of a difference. It will make a small but digestible difference. Nowhere near the effect the bad quarter will have on a growth stock. 

Yes, the way to go is contrarian. 

We’re going contrarian with our eyes open. 

We’re not picking the dogs of the Dow, or the rats of the Sensex.

We’re picking gems people are throwing into the dustbin. 

What’s this dustbin?

We’ve made this dustbin. 

In cyber-space. 

It scans what people throw away. 

It couples 4-7 algorithms, makes them into a mother-algorithm, and scans. 

Today, one doesn’t need to know how to programme to achieve this. 

One just puts the algorithms together on any leading equity website. 

One concocts one’s dustbin. 

One looks in the dustbin everyday. 

What have people thrown away?

Anything that looks valuable?

No?

Let’s move on. 

Yes?

Lovely. Lets take a closer look. Let’s take this stock that’s looking valuable, and let’s put it through the works. 

Let’s fully analyze the stock. 

We do our analysis. 

Takes us a day or two. 

It’s yes or no time. 

No?

Move on. 

Yes?

Look at the charts. Pick up accordingly, in the next day or two. 

Quantum?

Small. 

So on and so forth. 

 

Playing Ball

Everyone plays some kind of ball. 

Friendly play. 

Bread and butter play. 

Big play.

Small play.

Whatever. 

We play. 

When we play, we need to make sure…

…that we play. 

Meaning that it’s one thing to play ball, and its a wholly another thing to avoid ball. 

Make yourself play…take a few swings…try to strike…do something…that moves and shakes other things…OR…

…when your leave, you’ll be kinda feeling empty…at not having amounted to much in your sojourn. 

Make a difference. Play hard. If nothing, then just…play. 

How does one do that?

Meaning, how does one put oneself in a situation, that one just has to take a swing, if nothing else?

Hmmmm, that’s an important question, but I’m sure you’ve already realised that.

Took me a long time to find the answer. A long, long time. 

When I did, I was surprised at the simplicity of the solution. 

Don’t do many things. 

Do one or two things, that is. 

In other words, play a coupla games, that’s all. 

That way, the ones you do play will ask you to address them, again and again and again, till you do address them. That’s your play. You’ll have played. 

Too many games?

You don’t get around to addressing most to the extent of obscurity and irrelevance. 

Not worth it. 

Games that are complicated?

Cost energy. 

Activation barrier is large. 

Many times, you don’t overcome this activation barrier. You let things go. Again, to the extent of obscurity and irrelevance. Amounts to nothing. 

Play an A-game. 

Play a B-game. 

I also have a C-game. That’s it. No more. 

I try and address A, B and C everyday. 

A gets the most time. I keep trying to convince myself that B should get more time than C, but sometimes C gets more time than B. You see, C is recreational and pro-bono, whereas B is supposed to yield secondary income. Anyways, I need to show some professionalism and give B more time than C. We’ll see about that. 

You get my point. 

What are your A, B and Cs? 

Define them.

Then play them. 

Excelling in Non-Conducive Environments

People are born to excel in conducive environments. 

It’s no great shakes. 

With an appropriate environment around you, you move and shake…

…the world. 

Fine. 

Where’s the growth?

You’re doing something that comes naturally to you, something you’re good at. 

Frankly, there’s not much growth here. 

Sure, your environment grows. 

Whether you grow in the process or not…that’s the question. 

You definitely grow more in a scenario, where you’re thrown into a non-conducive environment. 

Try excelling there. 

Ha!

See!

Let’s see you excel there, let’s see if you’ve got what it takes.

Why’s is this important?

Toughen up, people. 

Lose your comfort-zones. Come out into the open. Do something extraordinary. Excel in non-conducive environments. 

Where’s the fun? That’s what you’re asking, right? Fine. Good question. 

You can always have your fun. 

It takes nothing for you to walk into a conducive environment and start excelling. 

You can always do this. 

For example, if you’re a born teacher, you can always hook up with an institution and commence some classes. Or, if you like languages, you can just enrol with some institute and start learning a foreign language. 

That’s always there. Your backup. For when you’re down. But, right now, what are you doing right now? When you’re world’s A1, how are you then reacting to your good fortune? Are you toughening up? Are you looking around for non-conducive environments to excel in?

It’s difficult to lift yourself up and motivate yourself when you’re looking like a fool and feeling out of place. That’s just it. The act of lifting and motivating yourself – the sheer strength of body, mind and character required – will make you grow immensely. 

Why growth?

What’s so important about growth?

It’s your strength backup account. You can draw on it. It works in a non-linear and metaphysical fashion. It can lend you energy by sheer thought transfer, just by remembering something strong and gutsy you might have done before, in a difficult situation, in a non-conducive environment. 

Build up this account in your spare time. This is one account you’ll actually take with you when you leave the body. This account is real wealth. Its remnants get stamped onto your soul. Build it. Build it more than you build up your physical wealth account. That’s the one you’ll be leaving behind, for your kin to blow, if you’ve not sorted your affairs out properly. 

What are typical examples of non-conducive environments?

Being trapped in a difficult marriage, and having a child or children from the marriage. Leaving the environment is heavy on the kids. Some battle it out for the sake of the kids. They try to make the best of a non-conducive environment for the sake of someone they love, someone who looks up to them. 

Working in an environment for which one is not cut out. Happens. It’s a destiny-play. One glides into it without being able to help it. One can walk out, sure, but not without affecting the lives of many, adversely. Many remain. They battle it out in a non-conducive environment. They grow from within. 

Being trapped in a difficult friendship. Walking out could hurt the other irreparably. Some remain, for as long as it takes. They take some hits in the bargain, but they also grow. 

Being a second-rate citizen in a foreigner-unfriendly country. Tough. Has some advantages, though. Career, wealth-building, systems, language, good education and prospects for children, internal growth…amidst humiliation, sometimes back-breaking work, lack of recognition etc. Many battle it out, keeping the larger picture in mind. Many have no other choice. All grow. 

These are just some examples. 

I’m sure you can add to this list by looking at your own life. 

Don’t be sad. 

It’s ok. 

It’s ok to grow. 

Even if the environment is non-conducive. 

Take it in your stride. 

Conducive breathers will come. 

Moment Enhancement

How do you enhance your situation at any given moment?

What are we talking about?

You.

Time.

Activity.

Betterment of your situation.

As compared to previous moment. 

What kind of betterment?

Any.

What kind of situation?

Any.

How?

You tell me. 

Yeah, it’s a bit of a personal sphere. 

Everybody’s idea of betterment is different. 

I write, for example. 

Clears my mind. 

I organize. 

My stuff. 

Gears me up to approach the next moment, more organized. 

I clear useless stuff. As in give it away. Frees up more space. 

Are you getting my drift?

What do you do?

To make your next moment more enhanced?

I plan my next three activities – what are they going to be?

I ask my one main question. 

What is the next step?

Yeah people, brick by brick. 

What for?

Yeah, exactly?

Why would one do this?

To lead a fuller and more meaningful life. 

To give of oneself fully. 

To make more of one’s existence. 

Again, reasons are personal, and will differ. 

What would your reasons be, to enhance your next moment?

This is a baby-step strategy. You’re living in the moment with it. You’re not looking far ahead, only actually till your next defined moment. 

Big targets are approachable one baby step at a time. 

One enhances moment upon moment, and suddenly, one hits a big target. 

Not too bad. Was well worth it. 

Try it out. 🙂