From a labor mindset to a capital mindset

I have been quiet on the blog recently — writing is just one of those things that is tough to construct a custom for, but always pays big dividends when you do it. Each time I’ve become a fantastic blogging rhythm I’m undoubtedly surprised by the feedback I get (good and bad!) Composing is funding — you work to create it, then it works for you.

As somebody who likes to work with his hands (both from the digital and analog worlds), I feel quite deeply connected to both labour and to capital. The process of creating something (a desk, an program, a blog article ) can be deeply satisfying, and the follow-on effects from this thing present can (in the best cases) be quite higher leverage.

I’d say my hands-on character is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to this. Because I enjoy”making stuff” I am often drawn into jobs where I could be better off hiring (or inspiring) somebody else to perform it, or assigning it. When it comes to generating capital, sometimes actually the less you”do”, the more you can accomplish. 

Obviously this relates to cash also. For the longest time — I believe that was my foundational mental model — I understood the notion that you operate, and you get paid. Labor. Regardless of the fact I have worked for quite a while in the software market (and of course today, in venture capital), I needed to overcome this concept of labour being the thing. As an example, I spent plenty of time in my early twenties as an independent developer, building programs (funds ) for others, but only getting paid for my time.

Maybe this is obvious to others, but it’s taken me a while to turn the corner and understand the significance of, and the energy of, capital. **Especially** capital it is possible to build through your own efforts, like writing, or coding, or creating music, artwork, etc..

I feel like it is an overall very strong framework, and is particularly useful when it comes to prioritizing your time & actions — whether you’re the CEO of a business, or a guy/gal sitting on your living room.

Here’s to a terrific year, everyone.

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