A Terrible Optimizer

in Self Improvement4 months ago

I am a "Terrible Optimizer"

Does that mean I am good at it, or bad at it? I think it depends on whether optimization is seen as a positive or a negative by whoever is reading it, but for me at least and just to clarify, I am not good at optimizing pretty much anything. I am one of those people who doesn't use software to its full capabilities, doing a lot of tasks manually, that could be automated. This is why I tell people what I do, but don't suggest that they follow in my footsteps.

I am also a Terrible Flirt.
Just ask my wife.

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For instance, in regards to time spent creating and interacting on Hive, I spend a lot and the paths I have taken have been "lucrative" overall, but if spread out hourly, might not seem so. However, since this is not a salaried position and comes with no guarantee of income, looking at it too much like a job and as an hourly rate, is not overly helpful. But as a hobby that generates a potential side income, it is worth thinking about it in relation to opportunity-cost factors.

Hobbing and Nobbing

Of course, not all hobbies have the potential to earn, but from a time spent perspective, some hobbies are unlikely to have any potential whatsoever, and that is okay too. My hobby just happens to be writing about aspects of life from my own perspectives and experiences and while not everyone is going to be interested in what I have to say about anything, that doesn't matter for a hobby, in the same way that no one cares much about a person's gym routine or, what socks they are knitting.

Yet, people who are interested in working out or knitting, might be very interested in discussing all kinds of aspects around these areas and sharing all kinds of "content" from their own experiences too. As a non-knitter, I am not interested in whether you are pearling or rib stitching - but I might be interested in a core routine you have been using to tighten up the mid-life belly. However, this is the internet, which means that the information is generally available to all, regardless of whether interested or not and because people are people, they are also going to comment, if interested or not and often if not interested, will be critical. Get used to it.

Time well spent

I used to spend time interacting with some of the people who would be critical in this way, but at the end of the day, they are not going to be interested regardless, so I don't really bother anymore. It is the same for people who are critical but are unwilling to actually listen or learn, assuming that they are always correct, no matter how many flaws are pointed out. However, people who are interested, knowledgeable and critical I will interact with, because I might learn something I didn't know or hadn't considered earlier about what we together are interested in.

If you aren't interested in what I write, why spend time reading it, let alone commenting on it? Well, because it is entertaining in some way, whether it be what I am writing or the sense that commenting gets something for you. Commenting is a hobby too.

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The first example fits for me, but that doesn't mean that writing only has value as a hobby, because while I am terrible at maximizing, I am still always looking to compound values. My writing is a hobby, but what I learn through it and the conversations it develops is very valuable to me, and I think that at least for some, valuable for them also. But of course, not everyone is going to get value from it, because of the, one man's trash, is another's treasure conditions.

Better things to do?

But, it is interesting on the internet, as there is so much information out there that I wonder why so many people seem to spend their time consuming and interacting with content that doesn't provide them some kind of return on top of entertainment. Yes, there is space for entertainment of course, but why make it passive and why not compound it with other values?

For example, prior to Hive, I would watch some kinds of shows that would take up 20 to 30 hours of my week, but bring nothing in return and for the most part, nothing usable other than the ability to have a 10 minute conversation about it with someone who may watch the same show. If they don't watch the show however, talking about it is like talking to me about knitting techniques. These days, I likely spend 5-8 hours a week watching shows with my wife, but 40+ hours writing on Hive in some capacity, more if including time in Discord.

Into the compound

For me at least, this is far more entertaining than sitting watching even the best of the shows on offer, because I get to compound a lot of things together that are important to me, including the development and maintenance of personal relationships, the sense of helping others succeed and my own experiences and observations about the world, which often are the starting point framework each day. Because I am not alone in this view of things, people tend to collect and become part of the discussion too, taking pieces that are relevant and important to them personally as hooks to discuss further or, inject their own experiences into the mix.

Over time, the range and depth of the discussion expands in each individual's experience and each day a little more is added, building all kinds of compounding values over time. Like me, there are people here who over the last five have completely changed their approaches and potential outcomes in life and I know this, because we have been discussing it for years together, on and off platform.

Where's the love?

It is a funny thing though, as while everyone wants to find something they love to do, often people are critical of the things others love to do. I have found this in terms of content creation on Hive for example, where some people don't see the point unless they are earning on posts to create something of quality, but also be critical of those who do create something of quality and get rewarded for it, as if it was always that way from day one.

As far as I know, none of the people who are consistently rewarded currently, started their journey being consistently rewarded. But, pretty much all of them have been consistently doing what they enjoy doing in a way that people connect with them consistently. This in my opinion, is about shared experience through the content, conversations and the way people connect with each other and while messy at times, that is part of the human experience.

While it would be lovely to be able to optimize for the perfect results every time, the reality is that it is impossible and especially at the social levels, there is going to be a lot of conflict and difference of opinion on what is terrible and what is brilliant. I have made many mistakes along the way and said many stupid things (probably) too, but overall, this is the journey of my life, which is what my blog is about. However, because we are all on a life journey, the chance of overlap and crossed paths is pretty high, even if we are coming from different directions and disagree.

Specialized and spread

Everything is a hobby for me, just like everything is considered work. I see work as something I do that generates value, whether it be monetary value or any other of the many personal forms of value. However, as someone who is not very good at optimizing, I tend to spread my hobbies and work all over the place, which while none of them are optimized, I also have a lot of diversity in many aspects that tend to compound against each other, including the things I write about.

Is it better to have 95% competence at one skill or, 75% at five?

When it comes to role-based employment, they often hire and pay based on the level of specialization required for the job at hand. But, they do this for each position in the organization in order to get the maximum output. However personally, it takes a range of skills and that compound effect a corporation has spread across many people, is not possible, so broad competence is required for maximum effect. However, it is up to each of us to work out what paths are right for us and in my opinion, discussing these kinds of topics with others as well as all the potential options available, helps us design our course.

No life is optimized, none of us reach our full potential - but we can improve our experience markedly, if we are willing to change some of our beliefs and habits. What I like about Hive is that there are many people sharing their journey, discussing their approaches, their successes and their failures in a way that other social platforms haven't encouraged. I think this is because there is far more incentive here and the value comes from us, not the platform itself, so building relationships based on who we are matters.

I am poor at optimization of value, but decent at compounding of values.

Is there a difference?

Taraz
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Oh so now you come out and tell me you didn't like those socks I made?!

No, no! I loved the socks - just don't give AF about how you knitted them.

I had to shave three cats for that wool!

You could have just hollowed them out and made moggiesins

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I am not sure if that play works in Canada.

No dude. We don't even eat cat food here.

I stopped looking at the payments for the written stuff long time ago. Sometimes I spend hours writing something that I consider very interesting, and few people notice, and sometimes I just write some idea fast, before going to work, and everyone is like wow.

Anyway the payments in Hive are coming from the delegated tokens and from Splinterlands, so yeah, writing in here is a real hobby, and should not be measured in the same way as a job.

Sometimes I spend hours writing something that I consider very interesting, and few people notice, and sometimes I just write some idea fast, before going to work, and everyone is like wow.

I have often pondered - does this annoy me? :D It kind of does, but at the same time, often quick thoughts are based on more "feeling things" that might be easier to connect with.

Some seem to see and treat it as a salary.

Lol I've had these posts as well! The least effort gets people to love it and the most effort goes unnoticed. Damn!

Personally I think it’s good to have 75% skill at a bunch of different things than be 95% at one skill. There’s definitely room for both of those perspectives but for me, having more skills is better!

I think the future days of people sharing their hobbies on places like hive that they didn’t before is definitely coming! Look at all the different communities we’ve got, so many are completely surrounded by a hobby. Photography, cooking etc. are all driven by passionate hobbyists on here.

I too can’t picture myself wasting hours and hours watching shows anymore. I’m always looking for something to draft into a post or do some commenting here and checking my favorites feed to see who’s got what posted up.

There’s definitely room for both of those perspectives but for me, having more skills is better!

Yes, I agree. One of the things to consider though is how job roles have changed over the last decades, as now we each have to do "more for ourselves" if you consider that not that long ago, a manager would have a secretary and a clerk kind of thing.

I’m always looking for something to draft into a post

Everything becomes content potential :)

I think the world needs to return to a more generalized arena and move away from the specialization arena, so if I was an employer I would look for the 75% of 5 skills verse the 90% of one skill. Yes there are always going to be the need for highly skilled people, but we should not ignore those that have the ability to jump from one topic to another, or to see the outcome of multiple possibilities because they have some knowledge of how things are coming together.

The specialist may know the outcome of his/their project, but not how it is going to fit in with the final product. The project manager, who needs to know if the specialist parts are all going to fit together, needs to have some general knowledge in multiple fields.

To focused on the flower to see the bee about to sting you.

so if I was an employer I would look for the 75% of 5 skills verse the 90% of one skill.

I do think that this is happening more now - unless really specialized skills are needed. The reason is, the jobs themselves are diverse in task, so the people have to have a range, or are largely useless.

To focused on the flower to see the bee about to sting you.

Quite right!

Man you call it a hobby, lol i could live over it if I've had been where you are at. You life inspired writing is very practical and helpful, and i am sure it has an audience also outside of the hive community. I wouldn't be surprised if you ended up converting this hobby into a multiple figure business. What do you do for a living, by the way?

Man you call it a hobby, lol i could live over it if I've had been where you are at.

It depends on where you live. In Finland, it is not viable - unless a fair bit higher than now.

What do you do for a living, by the way?

A couple things - my business is a consultancy where I specialize in skill development processes and my employed work is as a trainer in an IT company, specializing in emblement processes and change management at the organizational level. My role has just changed though, so now I will be working with internal stakeholders instead.

Wow, no doubt you have diverse knowledge and experiences. Makes me feel like people are doing so much with their lives. I don't consider myself the dumbest 😅 but your stories usually have something new worth knowing. I am in my late twenties but my life is not as fast as yours. I like it slow though and I have my own set of experiences. But you have to live life to write about life.

Experience and observation go a long way I think.

Hopefully, you will surround yourself with not only what you enjoy, but also what challenges you to be better than you were today :)

No life is optimized, none of us reach our full potential - but we can improve our experience markedly, if we are willing to change some of our beliefs and habits

It all depends on the self discipline one is been trained upon to do such task to improve one's experience in a mission or goal

self-discipline is easy - until it needs to be practiced :)

I see HIVE as a hobby and my part-time job. During or after the work, I open HIVE and read some post as yours now. I have been doing like that for about six months. It is now winter, there are not many things to do, and thus I am often on HIVE.

I don't know whether I will able to go on like that in summer; however, this has taught me to make use of my time welI, I think.

Do you earn a useful amount from it?

however, this has taught me to make use of my time welI, I think

This is what I think too. It is not just the earning, but the sense of creating something useful also. :)

My first aim is to stay connected with HIVE. I also create post from time to time.