I lived 30 miles away from college
During undergraduate, my uncle would drive me to school every Sunday and teach me about investing.
Being 18, I had no idea what the hell I was doing. Investing scared the shit out of me. I thought investing meant…
- People in suits
- People yelling at each other to buy or sell stocks
- …LOTS and LOTS of drugs
It just seemed so complicated.
I just wanted something simple and easy.
My uncle was an example that it was possible to become a millionaire by investing. What was his secret? Was it his sexy new investing strategy or high frequency stock trading? No.
Like the baller Warren Buffett once said…
A lot of people don’t invest because they don’t know how to invest, want to figure it out later, or are scared to lose money. Often times it’s this fear that prevents opportunities. We don’t realize that we’re already losing money to inflation by letting our money sit in a bank.
But how do you control your emotions? Where do you begin? Perception.
One day shit will hit the fan
Most people go through life crossing their fingers and hoping nothing bad will happen… and they have the same mentality when investing. Reality check: shit happens to everyone.
Look at the trend for the last 10 years for the Vanguard index funds.
Downturns in the market are inevitable. The real question should be how are you going to recover when shit hits the fan?
How to see opportunity in all situations
When the market is going up, everyone is happy… but what happens when the market shits the bed? People panic.
A piece of me died when I saw this on Reddit.
My uncle ALSO lost over 60% of his money during that same time. It was a hard time for everyone. But what did my uncle tell me when I asked him for advice?
Uncle: Now is the time to buy.
Me: Wait… what? Why would I invest if the market is doing poorly?
Uncle: Trust me fam. I gotchu like pikachu!
Okay. So maybe my uncle didn’t REALLY say that last part… but you get the point. Right after that conversation, I took $3000 and invested into more index funds and my money grew.
I was lucky in 2010. It could have gone the other way, but over the long run index funds have trended upwards roughly 8-12% per year.
My uncle’s strategy
God damn. My uncle’s strategy was SO simple. How did it work?
He automatically invested a set amount every month into index funds (eg. $1000/per month). This is known as dollar cost averaging. When the market shit the bed, he would dump more money in.
Instead of focusing on losing money, he saw it as a great time to buy. SO CHEAP.
There is opportunity with every situation
This article isn’t about index funds or investing. It’s about having the right mindset against for any obstacle.
Think about how most people react to bad news.
They complain about how it’s unfair or might blame others. Even though it might be true, they do everything BUT focus on the ACTUAL problem. We can’t control what happens to us, but only control how we react.
So instead of looking at the situation as a problem or obstacle, it’s an opportunity to do something different, look at the problem in a new way, and to improve our position in our life.
Here are some examples…
- Getting over a breakup?
- Instead of spending time fighting, you can focus on shit YOU want to do
- It’s opportunity to figure out other ways to make money
- Fucked up your macros by polishing off a bag of chips?
- Time to look into healthier alternatives AKA QUEST CHIPS <3
if when bad shit happens, it’s not the end of the world. Take it as an opportunity to re-strategize. At the end of the day things can ALWAYS be worse.
Need help? What setbacks are you going through right now? Let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.
PS… I get a lot of questions about investing, what sorts of things do you want to know? What are some reasons why you don’t invest?