A month ago I was invited for a dinner at a family, with whom occasionally we would share a good meal. It has been over a year since we last met and we had a lot of catching up.
The lady of the house is an exquisite cook when it comes to traditional Bulgarian cuisine, and it is always a feast for the senses.
We do not know too much about each other’s educational background but we do have a vague idea of the sectors in which we are occupied. During the course of the dinner, the husband, meaning very well, of course, asked me “Why don’t you take a course and have some qualification? Nowadays it is so easy to get qualified.”
I almost spat the bite I was munching on… He was advising me – the person who is a self-improvement junkie and goes on course after course. On top of that, I am proud to be self-taught in 3D design, 3 foreign languages, graphic design and whatnot. My ego was hurt big time (I am a lioness, at the end of the day 🙂 )
Investing in yourself – a very important investment
Then it dawned on me – he was really well-meaning and was looking at it in a very pragmatic way. He was the only breadwinner in a family of 4 + one extended family member living with them. On top of his full-time employment, in the last 2 years, he obtained qualifications which allowed him to provide for the family and aim for a higher pay bracket. He is aiming for the Silicon Valley and I have no doubts that he will reach the desired job.
He didn’t have the luxury like me to take on courses which are not necessarily money makers or to use a degree only for a hobby – like my bachelor in communications for writing entries on my blog. He had to be wise how he “invests” his time, for maximum yield.
After putting the “you are doing great” balm on my hurt ego, had to have an honest conversation with myself. I realize that in order to achieve my investment goals and debt repayment quicker, I need a side hustle.
What side hustle will make sense?
I live in a country where the word “blockchain” is neither a hype nor an exotic animal. We don’t talk about bitcoin, etherium and cryptocurrency at breakfast and dinner. We talk about real implementations of the blockchain industry in the day to day brick and mortar businesses. Smart contracts are a few months away from being the standard in property sales. And one of the first REITs for the country will implement blockchain technology.
This development combines 2 areas of interest of mine – property investment and FinTech. And the combination of the two can be a very lucrative side hustle.
What was my choice?
So a potentially offended girl ended up listening to the words of a very practical man.
Here is the list of courses so far :
– blockchain basic’s by IBM – checked
– master class in property (locally) – still in process
-FinTech Law and Policy by Duke University (online at coursera.org) – in progress
That is all for this entry 🙂