Pressure isn’t real — it’s just the stress you put on yourself in your head.
Pressure is the result of limitations we put on ourselves to produce outcomes we don’t control. When we focus on the outcome, we begin to expect things out of our control, which sets us up for failure.
You don’t need to pressure yourself to compete, to win, to come out on top, because the truth is, you don’t control the outcome. You don’t control anything — except yourself.
Once you understand pressure is imagined, nothing can phase you on your path to financial success.
“Ignore what other people are doing. Ignore what’s going on around you. There is no competition. There is no objective benchmark to hit. There is simply the best you can do — that’s all that matters.” –Ryan Holiday
This understanding is what keeps me going through the daily tedious repetition of investing. Commitment to the craft can be lonely and boring. It often is.
It’ll take decades, but I must keep building. It’ll take decade, but I must keep learning. It’ll take decades, but I must master my craft.
This is the difference between good and bad investors — the good ones practice consistently. They focus on the daily process of getting better.
The bad ones don’t.
And in the end, it will be worth it. Learning to build and manage assets, Financial Independence, is always worth it.