Fresh Start

It’s been a while. My last post was over two years ago.

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(Hiked Alamere Falls last weekend! Great hike, highly recommended if you’re in the area.)

A short recap on the past two years.

  • I didn’t get a full time offer after my previous internship (executive compensation tech firm – blessing in disguise, I would have hated my job).
  • A few months after, I started at a healthcare consulting firm as an associate consultant.
  • A little under two years later, I’m not happy with what I’m doing, not performing to the peak of my ability/potential, and most importantly – I’m not learning.
  • I’m leaving the company next month, currently figuring out my next step.

This article in NY Times upshot really had me thinking about that next step.

The happiness literature has identified one of the most deeply satisfying human psychological states to be one called “flow.” It occurs when you are so immersed in an activity that you lose track of the passage of time. If you can land a job that enables you to experience substantial periods of flow, you will be among the most fortunate people on the planet. What’s more, as the years pass, you will almost surely develop deep expertise at whatever it is you’ve been doing.

Since graduating university, I have found “flow” when buying and selling cryptocurrency with Dogecoin and performing a variant of arbitrage on EVE to increase my net worth in ISK.

The things that drew me were:

  • trading
  • finding and executing deals
  • understanding financial topics
  • performing research to back my decisions, and being rewarded monetarily for my actions.

I’m posting again because I’m sick of passively digesting articles, staring at a screen thinking I’m learning. That’s not active learning. I want things to stick. I want to internalize what I’m reading/learning.