Archive of Investment Essay Series
Life is full of lessons and sometimes we have the opportunity to relearn the same lesson. It’s all good baby, baby. In 2018 I learned, or was gifted the insight, that a disintegration is experienced in the Self when we divide into a personal/private self and a professional or public self. At the time, it was a liberating breakthrough, and, upon attending class that day, I left feeling relaxed in who I AM. Then, in mid 2020, I found myself enrolled in the same class again.
To cut a long story short, I had decided to develop my freelance writing skills seriously, and, after taking Jordan Ropers course, I began developing a business plan. It’s a great course, you should give it a go — as with any online course, you’re the one who brings the material to life, however, there’s a lot of great stuff in there and it provides clear steps. I already kind of knew what was required, but it was good to work through each step with clarity and I often find the structure of a course helpful with discipline and direction. And, through no fault of the course, the direction taken led straight toward another class in the curated Self.
Marketing is a big part of the course. It sets the tone for your freelance writing business and it’s worthwhile taking the time to consider how you want to market yourself and your service. I chose to write under my own name for simplicity, but also because I felt it would be easier to transfer into other areas if my chosen niche didn’t work out. Except, I was already writing under my own name on Medium and to publish articles about Value Investing under that profile would be rather amusing. If you follow my intermittent work, you will know it’s taken a bizarre turn and, conservatively, the recently published material is abstract and strange. And so, a new profile was carefully created as close to the original as possible with nothing more than the addition of an initial.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that the addition was a key ingredient to a familiar species of problem which created the initial conditions to teach me a familiar lesson. I now had two online profiles, so similar in character that the biggest reason for keeping them both was so that I could separate the content of one from the other. Key word here being separate. Divide. Split. Categorize. Fissure. Schism. Break. Rift. And that’s what happened. Of course, it wasn’t as dramatic as all that, but, given the lack of output that followed it, it may as well have been.
It wasn’t the only reason why I stopped writing the series, the essays were exceptionally interesting to write and I learned a lot from them, though I probably bit off more than I could chew. The last essay was published half finished, leaving the ambition to view Value Investing through the lens of Buddhism on hold. The freelance business is also on hold, and when it resumes, it will be published here. The lesson has been relearned, at least for now. The awareness of its subtle pervasion noted. And although we all live in, and are made up of, fragments, we can aim for wholeness. The quaternity is just down the road a little and to the left.