Newness and resonance

For an update of my financial comings and goings, skip to the final paragraph (which is in Swedish)


Meaning, Perspective, Resonance, Newness

During a recent meditation session I had some an unexpected epiphany on Resonance, which I think complements a series of posts I wrote on the theme of Perspective and Meaning about a year or two ago.

I’ll expand my thoughts on how Resonance and relationships are what truly creates meaning, even if they can be thought of as on the Perspective spectrum. Adding Resonance provides more clarity on how to approach and achieve meaning in practice.

I’m also planning to write a post, or possibly a series of posts, on the topic of Newness and its relation to Novelty. Very briefly, the following example carries the gist of the concept. Some people seek the (basically meaningless) novelty of shaking an endless series of new hands, whereas the ever richer newness of letting your hand slip into the same hand of your loved one’s for a millionth time is significantly more meaningful.

I’ve also been thinking about how particles (as well as feelings) can never meet, so how can people? Ae we forever alone? On the other hand, waves can be infinitely superpositioned and all can be as one. So we’re never alone?

The final piece of the puzzle for me was Resonance, and although auditory resonance requires a physical medium, I’m open to the fundamental building blocks of reality simply being able to resonate as a basic premise. Some of the most recent realist foundations of quantum mechanics kind of support that view, I think. Not least those based on “Outlooks/Views”, “Networks” and “Entropic Entanglement” as the fundamental building blocks, from which space and time are emergent phenomena. More about these things later.


Finanskursen av Karl-Mikael Syding startar den 30 november 2019

Introduktion till finansiella marknader och värdebaserad aktieanalys

Under 2019 har jag sammanfattat mina viktigaste insikter och metoder för värdebaserad aktieanalys. De finns nu tillgängliga i Finanskursen.se som börjar den 30 november 2019.

Jag har länge tyckt att det är ett problem att de flesta aktieköpare sällan gör en värdebaserad analys av bolagen. Istället drivs priset långt från sin motiverade nivå på grund av passiva investeringsflöden. Därför kan vi som är värdeinvesterare till exempel med fördel leta bland mindre bolag som inte ingår i index, ETF:er och indexfonder. Men för att göra det krävs kunskaper i verksamhetsanalys och värdering.

I Finanskursen lär jag ut hur jag gör rent praktiskt när jag analyserar och identifierar köpvärda företag och aktier från grunden, inklusive hur man läser en årsredovisning och bygger resultat- och värderingsmodeller.

Finanskursen bygger på min kunskap från min Master of Science på Handelshögskolan och vidareutbildningar hos Sveriges Finansanalytikers Förening. Dessutom har jag förstås nytta av mina 25 år som analytiker på olika banker/fondkommissionärer och som privatinvesterare i ett femtontal start-ups, men det är kanske främst min roll som hedgefondförvaltare på Futuris* åren 2000-2015 som lagt grunden till min analysmetodik.

* Futuris: The (HFR) European Hedge Fund Of The Decade (2000-2009) 

Karl-Mikael Syding

f.d. partner och förvaltare på Futuris (Brummer)

Du kan göra en preliminär ansökan här utan att förbinda dig vid något. Där bedömer vi tillsammans om kursen är något för dig. Det slutgiltiga priset är inte bestämt ännu, men det kommer röra sig om närmare 1000 USD, vilket jag förstår att många inte har råd eller lust att betala om inte deras arbetsgivare kan bidra. Värdet på kursen (för att inte tala om priset för att erhålla motsvarande kunskaper i andra värdebaserade kurser) är mycket högre och det är helt enkelt orimligt att leverera kursen billigare.

A giant leap for happiness

My book is almost finished. Actually it is finished, and I’m just touching it up, pruning and clarifying certain ideas. Here’s a short excerpt, just one single sentence from the book, to get a taste:

Small, consistent steps, taken with awareness, celebration, feedback, analysis and course correcting, will always get you further than occasional and mindless spurts, not to mention being more enjoyable than a single marathon for some pie in the sky moonshot you might never complete, and might not even want if you ever get there.

That’s the excerpt. Here’s the interpretation:

Today I was interviewed on the topic of saving for retirement: when to start, how much to put away, when to start reducing risk, what to forego in terms of consumption, what to plan for etc. Saving and investing money is much like investing in your own life. It comes down to getting the small things right – and the earlier the better.

But small and early, the wu wei concept, isn’t enough. What you do small and early is utterly crucial. Hence you need to pay close attention to who you are, what you truly like, and what effect your chosen small steps actually have, as opposed to what you meant them to cause. That’s what I mean by taking your steps with awareness.

Celebrate your successes. Better yet, celebrate your learning experiences, good or bad. Then reinforce your habits or course correct. Every completed small step is reason to reflect about what you did, why you did it, what effect it had. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the fact that you did something, that you had an experience, that you learned something, and that you’re still around to improve on your decision making process. Analyze what happened, and feed your conclusions back into your habits, targets and life direction.

Do it continuously. Acknowledge that the process is a success in and of itself. Sticking to a good habit is more of a success than actually reaching a long term goal. Sure, keep tweaking and updating your desired direction, and possibly ultimate endgame, with the outcome of your taken small steps. But avoid staking years of toil and effort on long term goals and potentially empty hopes of grand celebrations at the finish line. You’re most likely somebody else when you get there. In addition, with the goal behind you, you have nothing, not even a process. In effect when you reach your long term goal you have nothing to celebrate. The risk is you establish another, equally arbitrary and long term goal just to fill the void.

Striving for a million dollars or a 200 lbs bench press are such useless goals, with nothing but emptiness waiting for you. Using your body every day, or managing your savings a little better every day, are processes you can be happy about every day.

Life and finances work much the same way, and should be considered in context of each other. You can’t predict, but you can prepare. Establish good habits that resonance with your personality and every day will be reason to celebrate sticking to and improving on your habits and best practices. The inevitable setbacks will be nothing more than temporary and largely inconsequential stumbles.

You don’t need to finish the marathon under 3 hours, there’s no defeat in falling and missing the magic number. The joy lies in every step along the way. If marathon runners were only in it for winning or beating a certain time, there would be very few marathon runners around. No, it’s the small steps, the habits, the joy of the process that drive them. The same idea applies to your life and your finances.

Trying to spurt will only make you miserable. Aiming for the moon might or might not get you there; and maybe, just maybe you’ll get to celebrate once. And then what?

Becoming strong, fast, rich, accomplished or successful isn’t about reaching a final goal, it’s about the becoming in itself, i.e., enjoying and celebrating the process. If you save, invest, socialize and exercise in a way that’s sound, ever improving, and not least enjoyable – taking small steps in full awareness and with an effective feedback process – chances are you’ll appreciate your life so much more, than even if you did succeed in a one in a billion moonshot effort to become rich, famous or achieve some other form of externally validated status.

Robert Sapolsky says that your subjective status is at least as important as your objective status, and after a certain threshold level of living standards, what group you choose to compare yourself to is the main deciding factor of how good you feel about yourself. I choose to rank myself in the serenity and happiness group, and there I come out on top, which also means I actually come out on top in therms of how I feel. Win-win-win.

More excerpts are coming up. The question, however, is whether I should include these long winded clarifications in the book or not. What do you think?

My 12 (ish) rules for life

Don’t  be a mechanical turk

“A mechanical fruit is no fruit at all. The anti-social and hyperviolent rapist in A Clockwork Orange is a despiccable human being, but still a real, live person. SPOILER ALERT: At the end of the movie he is broken down, his (evil) spirit killed, replaced by a well-behaved clockwork. The message is that clockwork predictability has no human value, even compared to diabolic freedom of action”


My shortest version possible for getting things done, and done well

Start with your why, your purpose
-Without a driving force, you’ll never put enough effort into the endeavor

Aim low, start early and small, Wu Wei
-Avoid apathy, fatigue, being overwhelmed, just take one small step at a time, maybe even telling yourself you’ll quit right after…

Just One more
… then take just one more small step

Systematic feedback
Record, analyze and improve


More detailed rules:

Celebrate every small win

Grit
Stick it out until the end; keep grinding

Fail
Pick yourself up and keep going. Successful people are the ones who got up one more time than they failed

Course correct, use feedback
Do, correct, do again. Don’t make just one single big plan. Start small, start early, try, fail, analyze, course correct and keep grinding

Be systematic, record all insights and important information
Use a commonplace system

Growth mindset, Deliberate Practice: Peak, mental models
Integrate the knowledge that we can change and grow, we’re not set from birth. It’s not you who are being judged, it’s your ability to pick yourself up that counts, not your innate nature

Use a coach or mentor
You can’t move outside the box without somebody guidning you from the outside, noticing what you can’t. You can never see your own blind spots

Ignore what other people think
Never mind criticism; who are they anyway?

Seek variation, novelty
Learn new things

Meditate
Know thyself, know your driving forces, motivations, purpose

Take care of your body at least as well as your mind
Sleep, food, exercise

Be quiet
Experience silence, boredom, let your mind wander

Socialize

Recent research shows people who socialize less die earlier on average

Reason

Use logic, not feelings — the latter are for experiencing, not creating

Mental models

Make mental tools to get to the next level, where you design ever more sophisticated models

Prioritize with Bubble sort

Compare two and two, not all at once when having trouble prioritizing

Intuition + verification = accountable Blink

Trust your intution to provide interesting starting points, but not for providing solutions

It’s a PROCESS

You’re never done, and be thankful for that

Debate religion, spirituality, the supernatural

Debate it, but don’t discard it out of hand. Debating impossibilities hones your logic and rhetoric

Disregard what you can’t change

Put it away and focus on what’s important

Break it down by the 5 why:s

Problems, obstacles and challenges usually consist of ridiculously easy steps, if you go deeply enough. Ask why five times.


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