Taking the Writing Challenge

For the last 2 months or so, I have been meaning to write a blog post. I do not know the topic of the said post, or its content, or anything at all about it. I just know that I have to write something. I also know there’s a lot of valuable thoughts that I have in my mind that need to be put in words, but I cannot bring myself to put them in writing.

Writing simply terrifies me.

On the flip side, in about the same amount of time, I have been able to learn quite a lot of new stuff related to JavaScript programming, among them React, Jasmine, ES6 and much more. Surprisingly, when I have had to write code on these things and put it out there, I usually do it without a problem. Writing, on the other hand, has always felt like a nightmare.

So what can I do about it?

Chuck Palahniuk quote

So this is me officially putting out the challenge to myself, to venture out to where I fear most, to write more and more until I no longer fear it.

Have you been in a similar situation before, whether with writing or something else, that you know you need to do but it simply terrifies you? Please share your thoughts in the comments.


Buffett’s annual letter: What you can learn from my real estate investments


The author visiting (for just the second time) the 400-acre farm near Tekamah, Neb., that he bought in 1986 for $280,000

FORTUNE — “Investment is most intelligent when it is most businesslike.” –Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor

It is fitting to have a Ben Graham quote open this essay because I owe so much of what I know about investing to him. I will talk more about Ben a bit later, and I will even sooner talk about common stocks. But let me first tell you about two small nonstock investments that I made long ago. Though neither changed my net worth by much, they are instructive.

This tale begins in Nebraska. From 1973 to 1981, the Midwest experienced an explosion in farm prices, caused by a widespread belief that runaway inflation was coming and fueled by the lending policies of small rural banks. Then the bubble burst, bringing…

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Roll the dice or walk away from the table


Roll the dice or walk away from the table. There is never going to be a better time to start your own business than today. The longer you leave it, the more responsibilities you will have and the more comfortable you will become with the life (and salary) you are used to. If you genuinely want to do it then trust me, you do not want to be doing this when you’ve got a wife, kids and a mortgage – that makes it sound like I have a wife, kids and mortgage, I don’t, and it’s hard enough. So if you’re going to do it, do it now.

Whatever you do, don’t be a nontrepreneur. If you’re not going to do anything about it, don’t tell everyone about your ground-breaking idea and billion dollar business that will never be, it gets boring real quick.

Go all in. If you’ve got…

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