057 – The Grind

Been a while, hasn’t it?

So many times we start something and never finish it for one reason or another. Our priorities change, a platform dies (I’m sure I have a myspace profile somewhere waiting for me to come back and update my Top 8), or we just quit what we’re doing.

This site serves a few purposes for me. It offers me a platform to talk about things that are important to me, it gives me a public landing page on Web 1.0 for folks who don’t know me (hey there everybody who visited this page in June when I interviewed for a job- thanks for picking up cookies here), and it serves as a semi-permanent record of who I am and what I’m up to at various points in time. So why haven’t I updated it in almost a year? Well, that’s because I’ve been on somewhat of a grind.

In office culture, we might describe “the grind” as a soul-crushing, repetitive, boring job or task we have to keep going back to. That’s not the grind I mean. In gaming culture, grinding refers to repetitive but intentional tasks that serve to grow and level up your character. That is the grind I’ve been on.

For the past year, I’ve been digging deep into personal finance and leadership concepts. Eventually, I’ll start sharing more of what I’ve been learning here, but for the past year, it’s been major nose-to-the-grindstone, burning through books and blogs and spreadsheets, brain-stretching intensive study. I haven’t had much to say because I’ve been listening and learning. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

See, the thing about personal development is that the benefits of it compound a lot like monetary investments do (in theory). Learning soft skills in team building and leadership at 25 will get you more return over the course of the rest of your life than learning those same things at 65 (not that you shouldn’t keep learning forever!). With that understanding of the compounding effect of learning, I’m determined to grind out as much knowledge and wisdom as I can as early as I can so that I can do better, be better, and live better for the next 100 or so years.

I’ll still be grinding for a while, but I’ll try to check in here every so often. In the meantime, what are you grinding on these days? What skills or attributes in your life are you trying to level up? I’m looking forward to hearing about them!

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