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Permanent Crisis Is The New Normal — Prosper Anyway #1

Introduction

Where do you go from here since failure, default, or succumbing to the 18-month-long assault—and counting—on the whole planetary civilization is not an option? It sucks for very many; I well know, and I haven’t gotten through this unscathed myself. One of my businesses is luxury condo vacation-rentals in Cabo San Lucas and I’ve not made a dime in that business since the advent of this particular global crisis in February of 2020. I used to do $80-100,000 gross revenue annually. Unlike losing a good-paying job, losing a business is not just apply a lot and snag another…

I have thought excruciatingly long and hard about this over the last months—once I came to grips with the fact that no matter what you think about the seriousness of Covid 19 or the various globally-coordinated cargo cult measures, you still have to be looking out for number 1, which includes all those others you love.

We are not all in this together; that’s what parasites who want your money and your life say.

This continuing series will have nothing to do with whether Covid 19 is to be taken seriously, whether any measures were warranted, whether you should or shouldn’t get vaccinated, or whether or not you should embrace it all or fight back. It’s not even about what mix between looking to God and looking inward and unto yourself works for you.

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed—and hence clamorous to be led to safety—by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. — H.L. Mencken

It’s a practical series because, it’s clear—to me at least—that there is somewhat of a sea change afoot in how life and business and money making and prosperity and safety and security gets done moving forward. For some, at least, a bit of the bigger point is whether or not you can and are willing to retool your life-and-money factory in such a way as to move on and not have to think about it—when you’re better off and sleeping soundly.

In this sense, this is also about hedging your risk. Super cool if things return largely to normal, but what does anyone really know about this New Normal being talked about? Whether or not you want it, what can you start thinking about right now to set yourself up to either profit from it on the large; or, minimally, to survive and struggle once again towards thriving and giving it no more concern?

What if you could figure out a way to minimally keep yourself mostly whole, but, you can turn off the news, social media, and all other negative influences keeping you riled up, and be just fine with those you like and love? What if you could be convinced, through your own retooling that you’re rather impervious, almost no matter what happens?

Importantly, can you take from this latest event any common variables from other past mass crisis events and glean from those some sort of foundation and road map going forward so that it works pretty much all the time? If you are going to make big changes, don’t you want to not have to make big changes again any time soon—only tweeks—going forward?

Feelings and Practicalities

The very first thing you might do is to get your head on straight, proper, and upright and that’s not easy. So that’s what the first issue in the series focuses on. I fully understand that this could be a very hard pill to swallow for some, to many. Many reading these words are probably thinking “FUCK THAT! I’m not giving in; we must fight to get our lives back as we know them.”

Or, even harder: ‘But my family, friends, co-workers, and social-media contacts and followers….’

You have feelings. A million of them, and I’ll bet that if you’re like me, some of them are particularly palpable, such that you might even harbor fantasies of bad things happening, as a measure of natural catharsis—especially so after a few “well deserved” drinks, a self-boozing of your choice.

I don’t fault you for it, especially since I’m the worst.

So then, how long are you going to fantasize before you take actual measurable actions that seek to improve the future standing of you and yours even if nothing gets better?

Your World Your Crisis

First ask, what constitutes a global crisis and why do you care?

Do you ever stop to really think about how much you would be affected if, say, you were a bum on the streets without a “smart” phone or access to 24/7 cable crisis porn, or any of the other sources of here’s what you need to be afraid of Today!!!???

Why do you care?

Why do I, seemingly and somehow, “care?”

Is there a purely psychological element that you and I are helplessly susceptible or even addicted to, that is being exploited to our own detriment?

Cui bono?

I don’t think people seek out the stuff to be afraid of. I’d venture to say that the natural tendency is to avoid those things of which we’re afraid.

…I live on the southern tip of Phuket island, in Thailand. Southeast Asia, in general, is home to an impressive variety of snakes and many dozens of species reside here. But, a little knowledge goes a long way. I’m a member of a local Facebook group by true herpetologist admins. People upload pictures of sightings, and the admins identify them.

Yes, there is the odd monocled cobra (naja kaouthia), king cobra (ophiophagus hannah), and a few vipers. But guess what? I’d guess that no more than 1 in 20 sighting pics pose any threat to humans.

That’s a cute bronzeback (dendrelaphis…there are a bunch of sub-varieties) that someone snapped a pic of around here yesterday. Golden tree snakes and many varieties of rat snakes are also common sightings. This guy eats lizards and frogs, mainly, and of course, all the rat snakes eat small rodents of all kinds.

I dare you to find a mouse anywhere around here.

…Imagine there was a CNN, Fox, or MSNBC “Snakes of Phuket” channel and you live here.

  • …Cobra sighting
  • …Another cobra sighting, tune in
  • …Viper sighting, what you need to know
  • …Cobra sighting, how to protect yourself
  • ad nauseum
  • Never: how all the snakes on this island enrich your life!

In a world where it’s called The News Business, why does everyone drop the business part?

Do they do it on purpose so that they can elevate it to something it’s not?

I hear talk from smart people that they watch The News Business (dropping the business part) in order to STAY INFORMED!!!

Really?

Or is it something else altogether?

Onward, Then

From here on out, I’m going to write a rather long and substantial number of posts, numbered in succession. This first post, publicly available, will serve as the sort of Table of Contents and Index.

This, specifically, will be a living post. I’m beginning here with a rough outline but it will evolve over time. It will be greatly expanded, as once I get into the actual writing, it will always lead to more. I wish to keep each section rather bite-sized, and there is no limit to the number of post the series can attain.

  1. This post
  2. Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)
  3. What is most important to you today, tomorrow, and going forward?
  4. To what extent does anything that ever happened in the past prevent a prosperous future?
  5. What things can you just not give up?
  6. Shedding costs leads to more profit and prosperity
  7. Accounting for personal life costs and revenue
  8. Accounting for personal life liabilities and assets
  9. What is the source of your sense of freedom?
  10. How does crisis curtail your freedom?
  11. How do you you assess your future possibilities?
  12. How can you break down what you need to do?
  13. The virtue of procrastination
  14. The downside of plans and goals
  15. The upside of deliberation and deep thought
  16. Argue with yourself out loud

I’ll get started with that, it’s just a light rendition of the sort of flow I have in mind.

Folks, I’m seriously tired of this shit. I’ve watched the world got to shit over about the last 10 years, coinciding with the hyper influence of social media.

You’ll notice that not a single one of those 16 topics above are addressed specifically in that vein and there’s a reason for that.

Stand by. This is the official kickoff. I’ll probably produce a new post once every several days, sometimes longer.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

6 Comments

  1. Lute Nikoley on August 3, 2021 at 00:02

    I’m looking forward to the 16 choices above. As for the World wide “Pandemic,” I have very little concern about it as so many people these days are experiencing. We pretty much keep on with my “retirement” as we always have. I think that word retirement is a joke, as I am busier now than ever, 2 large projects I am working on are quite considerable. 1 is a CA GSA office complex 1.25 million square feet. the 2nd is an annex to the existing CA state capitol building 350k SF. The old annex building built in 1949 will be torn down, without disturbing the original historic capitol building. Then there are 2 smaller projects. All bid are due by Aug. 20.
    At the same time I am also traveling, which hasn’t slowed down since the so-called COVID Pandemic struck. Yesterday we left our annual family/friends camping at Twin Lakes near Bridgeport, CA (formerly known as the Hat Creek Family camping, started by Richard Nikoley, which started in the early 2000’s). Now we are on our way to McCall, ID with stops at where we are now in Winnemucca, NV, then about 6 days in Caldwell, ID (Those longer stays give me an opportunity to get some work done). After McCall, it on to Coeur D’Alene, Glacier National Park in Montana, then back down south to Salem, OR for a couple of days, from there 11 days in Sunriver, OR which has become one of our favorite stays. To finish up the summer season, we will be heading to Reno, NV for the Annual Championship Air Races, which I have only missed a few times since their inception about 55 years ago.

    So you see, my point is that things don’t have to change your life if just don’t let it!

    Cheers,

    Lute (Lothar Nikoley)

    • Richard Nikoley on August 3, 2021 at 06:59

      And also, for those who DO require change because of impacts outside their control because of whatever current crisis and its downstream effects, there are many options. So the even wide point is keep on plugging.

      Thanks for the comment, dad.



  2. Mark on August 4, 2021 at 04:48

    Already excited for this series. Seems like what the good (ie not Fauci) doctor ordered and can’t come soon enough.

  3. Chris on August 12, 2021 at 20:45

    My company sent out an email this week, saying you can only enter the building if youre vaxxed. If not, just work from home until end of 1st quarter 2021, where theyll make a decision if everyone has to be vaxxed to work there. Im assuming i will be forced to be vaxxed and wonder if ill ever be able to find a job again. I have 7 months to get my sh1t together and figure a way to make money without the corporate machine.
    Im pissed off about this sh1t, but on the flip side, it will light a fire under my a$$ to figure out a different way to make money

  4. Judith on August 17, 2021 at 07:08

    What happened with the Cabo properties?

    • Richard Nikoley on August 17, 2021 at 08:03

      Well, the load is about $4,500 per year minimum, which is sustainable for me.

      Once that’s covered through rental fees, then there is a load on subsequent rentals that’s 20-30% of each booking.

      Overall, if I would gross 100K in a year, I’d net out 50-60K.

      Does that answer your curiosity?



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