Extended hours spent in the same place can negatively affect you physically and emotionally. Don’t take my word for it, it’s science.
Yet we find ourselves in a situation that I described in my last blog (On Stoicism) as an extraordinary and unprecedented situation. We don’t really have much of a choice this time, and I assume most of us are chomping at the bit to get back to the old ways of socialising, dining out, watching movies at the cinema and other crazy things like running marathons.
Now, more than ever, all of us have a lot of spare time to into things that we generally tend to put off, like that book we’ve been meaning to read, or the ab workout we’ve been meaning to do.
4 Ways I’m Utilising Quarantine
Method One: Building My Financial Portfolio
Personally, 2020 has been a year of intensity for me. I’m working full time for the first time in my life, and accompanied by that work is my very first pay-check and a steady stream of those. Of course, like any other person, I too was excited to receive that first payment, and thought of a ‘Top 10 things I would buy’ list very quickly after, but I am cognizant that there is much to be gained by carefully investing those dollars into a portfolio that will earn for me.
I’ll be perfectly honest (not to say that I am not sometimes). I’m not money savvy. I’m fortunate to be born in the generation of Venmo, PayPal and digital wallets. For a long time, I was the kind of guy that you could rob blind with a $50 note on a fishing stick.
Okay. Maybe I’m not THAT bad. I’m certainly no Warren Buffett, but I’m a big fan of the man, and I think you should be too. For people my age, in their teens and heading into their twenties, if you have even a small stable income: invest it.
With the global markets in downturn, right now is definitely a good time to jump in for young people that are looking to build their financial portfolios for the long-term.
We’re truly living in a time where harnessing the power of information has never been easier. Services like Yahoo! Finance, Robinhood, and their international equivalents have made it so easy to invest and manage your finances.
In investing, what is comfortable is rarely profitable.Robert Arnott
Time really is money. If you are at all interested, I’ll attach some good reading in the ‘Further Reading’ section of this post.
Method Two: Jumping into Podcasts
I have recently taken a dive into the world of podcasts. I’ve been reluctant to venture here before, mainly because the idea of listening to someone talk for 30 minutes at a stretch puts me to sleep. Yet I must confess that I’ve been pleasantly surprised. There’s a lot of great content out there, and there is so much to listen to.
I’ve also been considering a move to podcasts now, as I’d like to experiment with the material on the blog to see if there are better ways of getting it out there. If you’re curious on how to listen to podcasts, check out the Further Reading section for a Beginner’s Guide.
There’s a few podcasts that I’ve been listening to, and some that I would recommend for someone just jumping in:
- The GeniusBrain Podcast – GeniusBrain is the podcast arm of my favorite YouTuber, David So’s comedy ‘enterprise’. He’s a stand-up comedian, a Youtube vlogger/musician, actor and a business owner. I began watching his videos way back in 2011, and his ‘in your face yet subtle’ humor resonates with me. His podcasts feature many of his friends, other musicians and actors. Be warned that his podcasts are raw, which means that at times they are explicit.
- The Stacking Benjamins Show – If you took Method One seriously, this podcast is one that I would definitely recommend for someone learning the basics and the ins and outs of individual investing. There’s a great bit of humor in here too, and is light on the terminology that allows you to follow along even if you’re multi-tasking: Sharpening your kitchen knives or whatever it is you are into.
- The Jocko Podcast – Jocko Willink is a real tough dude. He’s a former U.S Navy SEAL, Navy officer, author and podcast host. He’s got quite the resume, and he’s also written the New York Times’ bestseller, ‘Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win’. He hosts the podcast with his friend Echo Charles, and the topics hover around real-life circumstances and how Willink’s military training feeds into the advice he has to better tackle those circumstances. If you need a new outlook on dealing with insecurity, an inane boss or even a new perspective on life, Jocko’s got it all.
Method Three: Writing
This is pretty straightforward. You wouldn’t be reading this blog if I hadn’t been writing it. If you’re interested in starting your own blog, check out my post on starting your own blog.
Method Four: Crafting My Professional Network
I’m taking time out to really build a good foundation of a professional network that I can leverage after graduation. I think building such a network will definitely benefit a lot of people, but it’s more the obstacle of ‘where to start?’ that plagues a lot of people’s inaction.
The de facto answer should really be LinkedIn. You can create a profile, add your employment history, your references and other certification. Think of it as a digital CV. As an extended resume, it’s a great way to add people in your network and to leverage the benefits of seeing what offers others are putting up.
I’d like to use this as an opportunity to extend my network. If you’re on LinkedIn, let’s connect! Don’t hesitate to reach out, I’d love to be of any help if I can. Find me here!
I highly recommend checking out the following: