While I recognize that I am not “behind the pack” in the fields of cognitive ability, I feel like I fall short of my own expectations. I’ve made several attempts at raising the bar but have fallen short due to circumstances in and beyond my control.
The bottom line is: I have a lot on my plate- more than I have been able to handle. Instead of pushing somethings aside for the birds to scrap up I am trying to find a better fork. As a trader, my ability to crunch information as quickly and objectively as possible is paramount. I aim to actively press these skills in every way possible. As an Entrepreneur, I need these same skills and others that I am probably not aware of. I know I’m “only” 25 but I feel like I’ve been in the eleventh hour of a war against mediocrity for some time. If I fail and fall into that high walled trap I wish to be bludgeoned in the back of the head with a ball-peen hammer so that I can walk around as glazed as most people I meet and not be aware of it.
Today Kathryn showed me Lumosity and, after some research and a lot of taking-her-word-for-it (neuroscience research specialist) I signed up and have a 35 session, 3 month action plan to get back on that really high horse I bought in 2011.
I’m not leaving the development of my future power-house brain up to a website and iPhone App though. At the recommendation of seemingly everyone who thinks they know me I am going to take advantage of the psychiatrists at the VA. Becoming a consistently profitable trader as well as a top performing anything requires that you remove the energy from the inhibiting, de-habilitating, beliefs that society has imposed on its moo’ing crowds. I took me a while, even, to find the strength to admit to myself that this is even a viable avenue given all the stigma attached to psychiatrists. I’m not broken and I am not an emotional mess (some may have viable arguments to the contrary) but I do see room for improvement and I stretch that space as much as possible.
Being as completive as I am, I challenge anyone with an iPhone and seventy some bucks to take up the Lumosity challenge and see what development you can reap in three months.
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I am not mentally prepared to “enter the furnace tomorrow.” Yet, the world continues to spin (some 1,038 mph) and tomorrow is coming non-the-less. Tomorrow my full work load will fill to over capacity. Kind of like a 2in1 shampoo or a celebrity airbus. Two is not supposed to fit in One and celebrity air busses don’t ‘land’ on mountainsides….
I like to think I’m tougher than most celebrity airbus passengers, but I recognize a recipe for disaster. Another semester of school starts mañana. This brings the heap on my dinner plate to:
1. Trading full time.
2. Work full time.
3. School: Industrial Psychology, full time.
4. Nereus Ventures, time and a half. Double and triple.
C. LocalPhotoHI.com – developing this idea
InPlay Trading Group time and a half. Double and triple
This work load has caused a burning plane/fiery crash already(at least for me). I don’t know what part of me will come burning down this year. (hopefully I don’t need it)
The Phoenix doesn’t emerge from a water fountain, right?
I will be BUSY this next semester. This is not how I envisioned life after the Air Force. When I discuss this work load with peers they all say, “Something has to give..” then the next words out of their mouths invariably are to stop trying to start companies and be “realistic.” I swear, the next person who tells me to be realistic is getting kicked in the face, or the crotch. It depends if I had stretched or not that morning.
Being and entrepreneur, even if its a starving one, is the key to happiness for me. Doubly true for trading. Therefore I have only School and Work on the chopping block.
Supposedly, School is helping me to grow and expand my experience. On the GI Bill (Thank You Congress) I am paid roughly the same amount as I am being paid to work full time per month. So work will be the first up on the chopping block. It is the most sensible honestly; I already have income and my time is very precious- I shouldn’t be working full time. But Hawaii is expensive and I am so far unable to down size into a 8×10 room again. Though, looking around me now, being in between places, thats exactly what I’m in. Damn.
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I spent the night on Kokohead - a little be of me getting back to the old me.