I actually made 2 previous attempts at writing this one but since it’s a topic about the number 3, hopefully I can get it on the 3rd attempt. Usually I would give up and write something else but I’m actually passionate about this specific topic and would keep writing till it didn’t make sense. I found the dynamics of 3 to be very effective when applied to most things as it provides just enough synergy and fallback as an agile initiative.
So what the heck is he talking about? Simply plan in 3s. For example if considering investments: Business, Stocks, Real Estate. Within each of those, you can extrapolate them into fractals. For example Business: Ecomm, B2B, Consulting. Within Ecomm it can be Full-time job, freelance contracts and entrepreneurial startup. When you have one branch running, you take a break so you don’t burn out but don’t let it slide or else it goes stale. When you break, you plan for the next one, take a break and repeat. At some point, they will cross paths with each other which I call the Megatron effect.
Why 3 and not 2 or 4 or 55? You don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket and you don’t want to spread yourself too thin. You can operate on 2 and that’s fine. But when one of your branches snap, then you’re down to one and usually psychology makes an even greater impact when you’re down to the wire. Back in the day, mutual funds were branded as the defacto to plan for retirement while Nortel was like one of the hottest stocks to ride on. So what happened to Nortel? It melted and if you had to depend solely on mutual funds, it was as slow as molasses. But if you had enough to own a property back then, you wouldn’t care what happened to Nortel or your mutual funds cause you’d be laughing to the bank at present day. A detach home in certain parts of Richmond Hill, Markham and other areas back then went for 300k and it was a lot of money 20 years ago. Now they go for around 2 – 3 mil. Pretty much the same house so what the heck? Let’s take the low end and divide that by 20 which gives an average of $100k / year. Of course it’s not the house that appreciates but the land because it’s finite. Obviously we were too young back then to even consider that but even if you took a slice back in 2010 and sat on it, that would still be considered really good. It could have easily gone the other way around like housing takes a dive and Nortel becomes google or something. Or instead of gung-ho on Real Estate, you went batty on bitcoin. I mean that’s even more insane than the situation right now in Toronto. How how do you make the break through? By getting there with the Megatron effect which I’ll explain next.