What I Learned From Sochi…

What I Learned From Sochi…I’m not sure when you’ll get around to reading this, but I wanted to share some thoughts I’ve been having about Investing, and how it relates to the past Olympics at Sochi.

I’ll admit, I just got caught up on a popular news site watching Olympic videos (dangerous thing to start doing early morning…), and I came across a video of an american figure skater who was shockingly surprised at the score of her performance.

In an interview, she mentioned how she knew how well she skated, and thought she deserved a higher score. (And there is a funny side by side photo of her reaction to the whole thing.)

Although the metaphor isn’t super perfect, here is what I learned:

Sometimes the events in our lives, and the outcomes we want, aren’t always exactly what we expected.

We, as Tax Lien & Deed investors, try to minimize the risk of the outcomes that aren’t positive, by choosing the avenue of real estate we choose. But sometimes things just go in the wrong direction, and fast. And because we put so much of ourselves into that deal, event (etc), we can very easily loose hope about the future or the project or our future as investors. (or future of our business, relationships, financial situations etc…)

Just like that figure skater was certain she had a better score, we can sometimes attach ourselves to the certainty of these things in life. Things such as: jobs, security, pensions, deals, food, relationships, and the truth is, these things aren’t certain. None of them. No matter how much we want them to be.
We hope that they will remain strong, and there are good chances they will, but we can attach ourselves to these false certainties, and our self worth to these changing things.

The thing is, they will not stop changing for you.

So where does that leave us?

You need to find it in you, to be motivated, secure and certain of who YOU are, and when you get that certainty, you won’t need those things to find happiness/security/motivation for life, and if they shift and change, that will be ok, because you will find a way to make it work.
Getting to this place isn’t always an easy journey, and we all find ourselves thinking a little too much sometimes, but I want to tell you that it is totally ok. There is always space to take a step back, and remember that no matter what our “score-in-life” is, we have reasons for doing what we are doing, and we hold on to those reasons, and we hold on to who we are. And that is exciting. (Even if we make a few mistakes along the way 🙂 I know I have!)

I’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment below with wisdom you took out of this, and share this if you think someone could benefit from it! Thanks for reading!

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