How much should you care about your image?

"Be true to yourself."

How many times have you heard this? Starting at a young age, our parents, mentors, and teachers tell us to not care about what others think. As we get older, we continue to hear this advice repackaged in cliches and cheesy movie plots. If you are like me, you're numb to the advice and quick to write it off as an obvious saying. But I've been hearing it more often lately (on some Tim Ferriss podcasts) and it's caused me to rethink the wisdom in the advice.

Let me explain a bit more. It's good to first think about how we think about image and how others perceive us throughout our lives. This is how I view it.

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Why you probably shouldn't buy a home

Buying a home is an embedded part of a successful American life. It's seen as a career milestone ("Congrats on buying a new home!"), a good investment ("home prices always go up"), and a sign of increased security ("you will always have a place to live").

Many of these conceptions are misguided. Buying a home is no different than any other significant investment that you might make. In fact, it actually has numerous characteristics that make it less attractive than other options that you would have to use that money. 

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Here's a place where I can write some other thoughts of mine

Hi there. I'm Bonanza. As I've detailed elsewhere, I am fascinated by the concept of consensus and non-consensus views. Outside of the financial world, I have been drawn to the non-consensus views and the implications from those thoughts. 

Some common themes among the posts I'll write about:

  • First principle thinking
  • Heavy nuance and context
  • A strong dislike of mental shortcuts
  • Out-of-the-box thinking

Basically, I think we should all be thinking a little bit more deeply about our beliefs and behaviors. Apologies for some of the overlap between the different concepts. Maybe I'll write separate posts on each of these thoughts at a later time explaining them in more detail.

My inspiration to start writing about some of these ideas is scattered across a number of factors. A major catalyst was the election of Trump and the breakdown of the quality of discussion between liberals and conservatives. Other catalysts: career reflection, my realization of the value of putting thoughts down on paper and sharing them with others, and a desire to change what I view as misguided thoughts.