Two important things happen in late April:
First, it’s the only time of the year when I get to post this amazing meme:
(Hands up if you totally rocked to N’Sync songs in secondary school.)
Second, it’s also my birthday.
The fact that I can memorise all the lyrics of N’Sync songs betrays my age: 31 years young this year. As one of my friends so aptly puts it:
We’re at the age where if we step into a club, we’ll immediately feel like an Orientation Group Leader.
But hey, even though it sucks that I can’t keep my eyes open past midnight anymore, birthdays are a time to celebrate the people around us.
Yes, I’m talking about you, my loyal community of readers. Right now, over 4,000 of you have joined me on my email list, and I frickin’ love you guys to bits.
For example, when I asked you guys for your thoughts on my Dream Trip survey last week, over 40 of you responded with fantastically detailed answers. YOU GUYS ROCK! Your responses will help shape the content that I write for you in the future – so thank you.
It’s moments like these that make me feel really grateful and mushy inside.
Thoughts On Playing The Long Game
You see, I don’t write this blog to make a quick buck. If I did, my posts would be filled with banner ads, affiliate links, and sponsored advertorials on scammy trading courses. I get dozens of these “partnership offers” in my inbox every week.
Instead, I’m interested in building a long-term relationship with you. I plan on sticking around for the next 10, 20, 30 years, like a sensible investment or a loving wife.
Part of that process means making this blog better and better for you every year.
It reminds me of this video of chef Yutaka Sasaki, who spent the last 45 years mastering the craft of serving fugu – a poisonous puffer fish that’s notoriously dangerous to prepare… but is considered one of the highest delicacies in Japan.
Notice how this guy is taking his time to REALLY learn and improve his craft. He’s not trying to shortcut his way to success.
The same goes for you. If you want to achieve true mastery at anything – Investing, honing a skill, building a relationship – focus on playing the long game. It’s so hard to find in today’s society of unicorns and growth startups, but it’s so incredibly valuable when you come across it.
I’m on my quest to achieve mastery and make this blog amazing for you. So today, on my birthday, could you do me a quick favour please? I’d love it if you could answer two questions:
- What’s the one thing that you love about cheerfulegg?
- What’s the one thing that I could improve on?
Leave your answer in the comments below or by sending me an email. I read every one.
Once again, thank you for being a part of this journey. You’re awesome.