Apparently Mike Meyers had the character of Austin Powers kicking around in his head for years. After a while, it got so bad, he couldn’t drop it. At breakfast, at the shops, on the phone to his friends, he had that stupid Brit-pop accent and corny lines going 24/7.
Eventually his wife cracked the shits and said if you don’t do something with that character, I’m leaving.
And so the first Austin Powers movie was born.
These blogs kind of have a similar back-story. My wife said, “If we spend one more breakfast talking about affordability indexes, I’m leaving.”
And so the blogs were born.
I have a passion for all things property. I love talking about it. And when I started, it was just a bit of fun – a passion project.
But then I found I just had so much I wanted to say, and so it became a regular gig.
But then I realised I was getting a lot out of the discipline that comes with writing on a topic regularly. All the reading I was doing, all the stats I was pouring through, I found I needed to get extra systematic with it if I was to turn it into a regular blog.
And I found the commitment to weekly deadlines made me extra hungry and curious – to explore leads and lines of thought that I might never have followed through on in the past.
As a result, I found my picture of the property market – and the economy in general – was taking on greater and greater definition. I became a better investor as a result.
(And I could recommend this process to all serious investors. Explaining something to someone really pushes your understanding of the topic. It’s hard work, but you can feel the knowledge seeping into your bones.)
I also saw it as a way to open up a dialogue with the Knowledge Source community, and as a way for me to give something of value to the people on the wealth journey with us.
And as it went on, I realised that a lot of my investment philosophy and read on the property market came from my particular view of the world. And so I felt a need to explain how I thought the economy worked and what the bigger picture was.
That sometimes morphed into rants and tirades against what I saw as the madnesses and injustices of the world – taxation regimes, planning laws, banks, minor celebrities. I’ve always had a bit of a caped-crusader streak in me.
And I also saw that knowledge won’t get you very far if you don’t have the right mindset. And so with No BS Friday’s I set out to put down on paper what I thought the fundamental principals of success were. Again, that’s been a journey of learning that I think could go on forever.
Anyway, four years down the track, I’ve now written over 250 articles. The odd email every now and then when I felt like it has become a solid commitment to 3 articles a week…
There was even a point there when I was thinking of going daily with it. (I know. Totally nuts.)
And if I take a week off, my inbox lights up with people wanting to know what’s happened, and where their Friday missive has ended up… Get of your arse Giaan and get back to the computer…
gheez. You’d think people were paying for it or something.
… anyway, it all started to feel a bit like a monster that’d gotten out of control.
So what’s with the this-is-your-life retrospective?
Well, I’m reflecting on all this for 3 reasons.
First up, I want to say thanks for taking the time to read these things, and dropping in your thoughts from time to time. I pay attention. I do like read everything and watch what’s being said, track what web pages you open up afterwards….
(I’m telling ASIO.)
Second, I’m interested in getting some genuine feedback.
How have the Knowledge Source emails helped you in your investments?
What have you learned?
Are you smarter now? Do you feel better-informed?
Does the market, and the macro and micro cycles make more sense to you now?
…and ultimately did you make money in real estate in the last 4 years? Did these messages help you become a better investor??
Post you comments here… Any feedback is gratefully accepted. Even if you feel you need to unload… I can take it.
(Important side note: – by saying nice things or bad stuff about me, and posting your comments, you are giving me permission to use them to put them on other pages on my site, like the testimonials sections, and to share them with my world – like my mum and my aunty Stavroula in Greece… you cool with that?)
Thirdly, I’m think of dialling it back to one a week.
It’s just an idea, but the truth of it is I’m pretty flat out with my own investments, business opportunities, family life, personal dreams, this cancer vaccine I’m working on in my spare time…
The truth is there’s only so much time I can spend staring at this little laptop screen…
It’s just a thought, but by the time I fact-check all my sources, find the right graph, and then write it all up, some posts take 6 hours to pull together!
That’s almost two days of my work week. Given I’m normally too drunk to work by Friday lunchtime, it’s a substantial chunk of my productive time.
And there are a few other projects that are glittering on the horizon. I can never sit still for long.
Anyway, if you’ve gotten anything out of these blogs, I’d love to hear it. I do read everything and take it on board. (I know, get a life Giaan!)
But seriously, drop us your thoughts. It’d be greatly appreciated.
Wishing you all great success.