wolf's journal

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Re: wolf's journal

Post by Jin+Guice » Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:47 am

Thanks for your thoughtful writing wolf. I'm at a similar point to you in my progression towards being a renaissance man and also in my thoughts on investment. You're writing and thinking is much clearer than my own thoughts and it's very helpful for me personally to read about someone else attempting the same journey.

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Re: wolf's journal

Post by wolf » Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:34 pm

Regarding my investment strategy and portfolio asset allocation:

I started with a passive investment strategy based on 100% index funds [of which iShares had 70%. (crazy in retrospective!)]

After much reviewing and redesigning I created a active/passive investment strategy.
It consists of 50% passive index funds (ishares has 30% of the total portfolio) and 50% actively managed stocks.

The underlying asset allocation is roughly the same with large/small caps of developed/emerging markets, and real estates.

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Becoming a Renaissance Man #07

Post by wolf » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:50 am

Becoming a Renaissance Man #07

Okay, I warn you upfront. It‘s maybe a bit too abstract and too odd for you, but it‘s a small part of my (INTJ/P) thinking. It happened in my daily focus sprint, of which I already did eight. In the context of form and function I had this idea to think of a object-oriented class of the Renaissance Man. Who don‘t know what I mean, it‘s computer programming paradim (Wikipedia)

What would a Renaissance Man look like if I had to design it as a class (in the computer programming context). The class of a Renaissance Man would have methods and attributes. I would organize all methods within modules. The same would be the case for all attributes. Well, let‘s try and brainstorm some modules of my web-of-goals.

INTELLECTUAL Module
methods: reading, listening, studying, learning, researching, designing, analyzing, brainstorming, speaking, writing, journaling, reviewing, master different kind of approaches
attributes: books read, IQ, degrees of multiple intelligences, books to be read in the expected years of a lifetime, number of subjects studied, degree of global awareness, degree of solving complex problems, degree of thinking critically, grades, scores

ECONOMICAL Module
methods: earning money, spending money, saving money, investing money, managing money, managing wealth, managing portfolio and investment strategy, controlling, making own taxes, cost-utility-analysis, usage rate, total expense rate of ownership, rent vs. Buy analysis
attributes: effectiveness, efficiency, Spending rate, Saving rate, Investment rate, Total Net Worth, WR, Tax Rate, number of years saved expressed in expenses,

Module with POLYMATHS SKILLS
methods: skill of flexibility, be creative, be flexible, be adaptable, master trait, using pareto principle, using S-curve learning, learning and studying, ultralearning, dive into subjects, intrinsic motivation, designing slack into web-of-goals, using nonlinear thinking
attributes: nonlinearity, margin of safety, degree of flexibility, creativity, adaptability, number of ultralearning techniques, degree of curiosity

SOCIAL Module
methods: small talking, bonding, getting to know people, discussing, collaborating, working together, helping, asking for help, give a gift, donate, deepen relationship, making arrangements, doing the first step, creating social networks, creating intrapersonal relationships, be empathetic, having an interest in the needs and wants of others, spot group dynamics
attributes: number of deep relationships, number of small talks, number of persons one trusts, number of introductions to others, Emotional Intelligence score, number of conflicts,

EMOTIONAL Module
methods: relaxing, define goals, derive actions from goals, distingish between feeling and thinking, feel the mood of oneself, know oneself, reflect own thoughts and feelings, define values, know basic needs, brainstorm what you want out of life, balance goals, think/speak/feel/do with integrity, be authentic
attributes: number of intrapersonal conflicts, degree of self control, number of revised decisions

Although I didn‘t brainstorm the other modules, this exercise taught me a good lessons. It was good to change perspective and view „things“ as methods (doing) and attributes (statics). I can relate methods to skills, habits, knowing of something, doing, etc. And I can relate attributes to key figures, scores, degree of something, measurements, etc. That differentiation helps me, well, to differentiate within the modules of my web-of-goals.

I hope I didn‘t confuse you very much. If so, I‘m sorry. But sometimes I‘d also like to post some draft/result of the ongoing (thinking) process. And apologies for any typos above.

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Re: wolf's journal

Post by jacob » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:26 pm

It's perhaps interesting to note that Asian cultures tend to think in terms of methods (relations) whereas Western cultures think in terms of objects and attributes. I think this is important because Sapir-Whorf... probably more important than the existence/nonexistence of various language constructs. In the past 10+ years there has been a trend in western software to switch to methods instead describing things in terms of verbs rather than the traditional nouns.

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Re: wolf's journal

Post by Nuuka » Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:39 pm

Wolf:
Just quick comments:
- for all classes, please consider adding attribute: expected time remaining till retirement
- consider adding more attributes that define values, such as ethics values, intro/extrovert, optimist/pessimist, threshold for anger, loyalty, courage, etc
- you could derive class structure where you have one (super)class with common atributes, then sublasses (as now your classes) inheriting from supeclass

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Re: wolf's journal

Post by wolf » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:16 pm

Thanks for the information Jacob. I'm definately interested in languages and how they shape our thinking and experiencing of the world.

Just recently I watched "Arrival". If anybody here on this forum watches still movies ;-), I can highly recommend you this science-fiction movie.


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It's a movie about the arrival of aliens. Humans try to communicate, but that is very difficult because those so called "heptapods" write in circles (google pic examples. So they write not linear, like us human, from beginning of a sentence to the end, word by word. They write nonlinear and think therefore nonlinear. Whereas we humans are used to experience time linear (past, present, future) process-oriented, the heptapods experience time nonlinear more goal-oriented. Therefore they know what has happened, happens and what will happen. The movie is emotional, philosophical and mentally challenging. It's great. So the assumption is, that one cannot change the future, therefore the heptapods know through their language and thinking the future. The main character, a woman, learns their language...saves the planet by preventing of destroying ourselves and the aliens. But more important she will know by the nonlinear language/thinking, that she and the other main character will have a baby together. But their child wild die. So there's the philosophical question: How does a human think/feel/behave, etc. if they would know the future, but cannot change it. The move is based on a short story from Ted Chiang called "Stories of Your Life and Others", which are very good rated and very sci-fi. He and many others talked about the making of. And listening to all this (nonlinear thinking, philosophical questions, etc.) was quite interesting.
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Re: wolf's journal

Post by mooretrees » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:54 am

@wolf I've been reading your Renaissance posts and it is really interesting (and sometimes too abstract for me) but I'm curious about how this work has changed anything for you. Is this your style to think deeply and make incremental changes? Has this process changed anything in your day to day life? Or am I thinking about it all wrong? I struggle with the idea of how to begin to become the female version of a Renaissance man. I've thought about it more related to learning skills and creating growth in my life. I'm curious where this deep thinking will take you.

I really loved Arrival, I've seen it twice and I wish there were more sci-fi movies of this caliber out there. I'll have to check out the author, thanks!

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Re: wolf's journal

Post by wolf » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:59 am

What I posted in my journal is only a fraction of what is going on in my journey of becoming a Renaissance Man. Writing about it is one of a few ways to "think" about. When I write I come up with new associations and thoughts. When I write, my brain has to process thoughts. Therefore, yes it's part of my style to think deeply and make incremental changes. What has really helped so far is, that I defined those modules of my web-of-goals. I became much more aware of topics and where they refer to. Whenever I come up with new ideas I can connect them with the modules of my web-of-goals. On the surface there has only changed a few things in my day to day life. One change was significant though. I established successfully a new habit. Everyday I start my morning with writing a focus sprint about BARM (becoming a renaissance man). It's one page long (on the computer written). After that I brainstorm 20 ideas to that topics. The topics vary from day to day. Sometimes I write about a more abstract topic, such as "Can a Renaissance Man function with a full-time job?". Other times I write about recent experiences and how they could be connected to the life of a Renaissance Man. I would also say, that I have a stronger intrinsic motivation to do things, which are related to topics of the modules of the web-of-goal of the Renaissance Man. I am much more aware of all the diversity of things going on in my life. My mindset changes from being focused on economical topics (e.g. saving, spending, investing, …) to all other topics (modules) as well.
I recently read „The Renaissance Soul“ by Margaret Lobenstine which 7wannabe5 spoke about. And that booked helped me even more to understand a possible life(style) of a Renaissance Man/Soul. The most important thing of the book is about „focal points“. It basically says that you should choose three to five topics/projects/interests… You could change those every time you want. It helps you to focus your energy/time/… to those three to five … in your life. In contrast to that it could be possible that you don‘t make any changes at all because you focus on everything and progress in nothing. I think you could like that book @ mooretree.
What else? Well, I started to shower cold in the morning. Although that is no special thing per se, it is based in the physiological module of my web-of-goal and as I said before I have a stronger intrinsic motivation to try things.
In addition to all that, I accepted a project at work which is only indirectly connected to my job role. If I thought as a specialist I would have rejected the project offer, but with the mindset of a Renaissance Man I accepted it. My job at work is nowadays more like a so-called „umbrella job“ (term from „The Renaissance Soul“). I would say I work as a generalist within a specialist culture. I fulfill several different job roles, such as project manager, consultant, developer, architect, coordinator, support engineer, like being a jack-of-all-trades in the eyes of my boss and team lead.
@mooretree: If you want to become a Renaissance Woman, I would probably recommend you doing it your own way. Do whatever helps you to learn, experiment, try, apply, progress and brainstorm. If you have not had a look at „The Renaissance Soul“, check it out. Look for role models.

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Re: wolf's journal

Post by mooretrees » Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:44 pm

Cool to read your process @wolf. I've created a limited web of goals, but it hasn't been part of my daily thought process. So it is interesting to hear how you connect your writing and the different modules and then make small or big choices with those in mind. For me, I doubt I'll spend so much time writing as you, but I am in the mode of 'copying' at this stage. So it is useful to hear about the mechanics of the process. While I will have different modules, I've been floundering on how to implement any significant focus on my web of goals. This is really helpful, so thanks!

I'll check out that book, I totally need to work on focus! Thanks so much!

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Re: wolf's journal

Post by Sabaka » Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:18 pm

Full respect for being able to apply these systems to your own life Wolf! Do you find that sometimes the need to apply systems tires you? For me, whenever I begin to think about or apply systems, it just begins to tire me out a little.

Keep on cracking on!!

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Re: wolf's journal

Post by wolf » Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:37 am

Thank you Sabaka! I actually don‘t really feel a need to apply systems, it comes naturally to me. So, no, it doesn‘t tire me. Creating a system just happens, whenever I work at something seriously. And it‘s both ways: bottom-to-top and top-to-bottom. I do know that there are many other ways to do and plan for things, but creating a system is the normal way to do it (for me). It‘s like with building a house. You have to have a vision. Then I become the architect. And only after a technical plan and drawings I „start building“. Although I find it a good way to do things personally, sometimes I question myself why I can‘t just start trying something without thinking first. But then I remember my lessons learned from previous experiences and say to myself: Think first, then act. Funny thing is, that my system (modules of my web-of-goals) consists also of more sensitive/emotional/feeling topics (e.g. social and emotional modules). I plan for those topics on purpose, but rationally with thinking.

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