🌴 Benjamin Van Meter 🌴
Computer Programmer, Designer, Builder
Vancouver / Remote
Maximize optionality. In the face of greater up-front income, side with greater / more opportunities.
Avoid selling time (doesn't scale), prefer to sell goods with zero / low marginal cost (most likely digital). An exception could be made for offering a service when disproportionately compensated.
Always weigh opportunity cost, realize your time is immensely valuable (the most valuable commodity you manage).
Celebrate uncertainty as opportunity. Maintain a level head in the face of hysteria and seek opportunities.
Diversify self-identity. Just as you would balance a financial portfolio, see yourself as more than just an "engineer" --- will be important when that aspect of your life is thrown into turmoil.
Think of your current self's regrets and reflect, think of your future self's regrets and minimize.
Money / Investments
Prefer investments that can be managed remotely / skew heavily towards the intangible (non-real estate).
Avoid the mortgage ('mort' being death) trap.
Consumerism / Ownership
Access > Ownership. Prefer access over ownership when possible, but when ownership is necessary, invest & cherish.
Intentionally research every consumer purchase, imagine how it would fit into your lifestyle.