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I'm listening to an autobiography of Octavian, the man who went on to become Augustus Caesar.

What's interesting from the book is that Augustus had more patience than his various rivals of the day in large scale affairs and reforms, but he moved with serious haste - celerity - when there was a situation that could be settled decisively.

Around six years ago, I started paying more attention to business and entrepreneurship and generally success and things like that. I remember coming across a lot of literature that encouraged doing things faster - especially in business. Shaving off the shipping time from 7 days to 4 days. Things like that.

Back then, I didn't understood why there was so much emphasis on speed. I thought, "Okay, obviously you wouldn't want to go too slow, but why go so fast? Why does it matter that much?"

And more recently, the answer has been clicking. It's not that getting your package 4 days from now instead of 7 makes such a big difference in all cases. Much of the time, it doesn't.

Do we sometimes seek failure?

On The Tiny Octopus

I wonder sometimes why we do things that guarantee failure even when we see the warning signs all around us? Are we as humans meant to fail? If so, are we meant to fail repeatedly? If so, for what purpose and what gain?

If anyone was attracted by the purty MS paint modded picture of stocks and commentary it is indeed in reference to Tesla stock (TSLA) and no - I did not short it (which I guess would have been a more epic failure :p). I'm vested 500$ into it and I've near doubled my investment now since it was at 38 a month or two back. What I'm reflecting on is why I logically saw all the signs that this stock value pop was coming and I intentionally set myself up to fail by not betting the farm $5k and making some easy cash.

Here's a brief recap of what has happened since my prediction for the stock on my blog post http://sett.com/thetinyoctopus/not-my-thing:

Another quick recap. I logically stated my predictions on my last blog post for why this stock would soon bubble up and they were all logically sound.

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