Invest in that which empowers you and other people in a balanced way, instead of in what exploits the planet and that ultimately strips us of our ability to live into the future.
Check the real world effects of you putting your money and resources into a project. Does it result in genuine value for society or is it just a mental exercise of number manipulation? By ensuring that a project’s objectives are aligned in a balanced way with the real needs of society, we create a knock on effect of empowerment that helps those who are best suited to help everyone.
There might be a lot of ‘profit’ in investing in weapons manufacturer’s, for example, but how does that help you if you and your children are killed in a war as a result?
When all investments are made based on a grounded understanding of their cause and effect – we can feel good about our actions and know that they are supporting us in ways that reach beyond just our own possible net financial gains. Reality is not made of money and money doesn’t make the world go around. Reality is made of us and by us – while passion and desire drives life.
By valuing yourself first and foremost, you open the door to truly valuing others and that allows a logical progression to unfold where you also value projects that are mutually beneficial for everyone.
For example, you could invest in a crypto token just because you think it is going to increase in value due to the hype surrounding it. In the short term, this might yield results if your information is accurate. However, in the long term these kind of choices just fuel mistrust in the industry, increase volatility of the market in general and might serve to lower the chances of success of projects that are based on more than hype and hot air. What if you consider the crypto market to be sacred and the tokens you buy as being like plants in a garden. If you feed the wrong plants, your sacred garden will pretty soon by an overgrown nightmare that no-one wants to use or visit. For investments to be truly beneficial, they need to be both long term sustainable and also generally encourage the growth of the market they are a part of. Think beyond short term gains and into the big picture.
This type of thinking applies not just to financial investment but to our own personal lives and many other areas too. The more considerate we are of all the factors involved, the more intelligent our choices will be.