Choose Your Words (Wisely!)
For an architect imagines what if. A builder will figure out how to. Magnificent structures emerge from these two work together. But for an ordinary person like me, I suffer from what if from time to time. When I get stuck in my past, wishing I had done things differently like “what if I had been more careful … what if I listened to the suggestion….” But this causes me the regrets which can be mentally and emotionally draining.
Lately, I changed from “What if” to “Next time” like “Next time, I am going to listen to my gut…”. I also take note of the situation to learn and be able to talk to a different course of action.
I like what Ray Dalio, he is one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs mentioned in Podcast that I listened every time he would make a decision, and he would write down the reasons he made that decision reflecting on it. Like him, I found it invaluable because it helped me as I encountered the same things over and over again in my life. It is an excellent tool to look at for deciding on how to handle it. Well, I just started, but Ray Dalio has been doing this for 25 years, and he said these are essential recipes for success and they helped our relationships and helped us to be more successful.
Moreover, do you know that the generation before peaked at 44? And the generation cycle was not as over-arching and powerful before World War II when everyday households weren’t middle class and higher income.
The first acceleration of our lifespans began around the peak of the 1875 tech cycle and extended through the next two into 1920 and 1965. Life spans at birth roughly doubled, adding 40 years.
Another significant demographic trend is urbanization, wherein average GDP per capita triples with no added education at first. That is now the most influential trend in the still less-urban emerging world today – stronger than even generational spending. It’s straight-line progression and correlation with GDP per capita by country is astounding.
The acceleration of global urbanization began in 1920, right at the top of that 45-year tech cycle and is due to reach 75% to 80% near-peak urbanization by the period that peaks in 2100. Lifespans will start to accelerate again by the top of the next cycle in 2055, if not earlier.
Our life spans went up another 40 years to 120, and we peaked in spending more like age 75, had two sets of children, and retired more like 100-plus.
What would that do to the way you live your life? What would that do to you, your loved ones, and community? The impacts would be massive across the board.
Live your life, Love your life.