What is a ‘Yes’?

“It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.”

Malala Yousafzai, Activist

I’ve been learning some Solidity lately, which is a C++, Javascript type language for making smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain. Once you start dipping your toes into the cryptocurrency shallow pool, you quickly start getting into some deep philosophical questions, like “What is money really?” and “What is value?”

Money is a transaction of value. It’s a collective idea that drives economic systems. Why do we want colorful paper in our slim wallets or digits on a website held by an entity humanity calls “banks”. Food, clothing, shelter, nice things, sure. But really money is time. When you have enough to sustain the lifestyle you want, you have the freedom and flexibility to pursue what you find meaningful and fulfilling. That depends heavily on your environment and the kind of lifestyle you can (want) to afford.

If you think about it, decisions are a type of currency too.

Every ‘yes’ given to someone or some task is a value transaction. A ‘yes’ is a time commitment to something you or who you are saying yes to values. That could be saying yes to a job you love (or yes to a job you hate or are reluctant about). That could be saying yes to a new project or to a coffee date or business event. Each ‘yes’ takes time to do. The amount time varies, but there’s a cost to every yes.

Decisions are a type of currency.

Sometimes the cost is worth it because of what you get out of it. For example, putting in consistent time for exercising pays dividends on your health, happiness, and energy. But if you backtrack, or flake after saying yes, then you get slapped with a ‘ convenience fee’ on your reputation.

No’s are like savings or investment accounts for your time. Every ‘no’ leaves you more time down the road for ‘yes’. This could be saving for better yeses, or temptations of mediocre ‘yeses’.

This is why it’s vital to be intentional about our decisions. Making bad calls inevitably happens, but the more we are intentional about our time, the more valuable our time can be.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1290


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