Below is an excerpt from President and CIO Jordi Visser's recently published whitepaper, Juggling and Rabbit Hole Learning to the Merge. You can access a full copy of the document by clicking here.
"A change in perspective, in physical location, quite simply forces mindfulness. It forces us to reconsider the world, to look at things from a different angle. And sometimes that change in perspective can be the spark that makes a difficult decision manageable or that engenders creativity where none existed before.”
Maria Konnikova, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
Over the years, I have read many books on the brain and learning. One of my favorites was Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova. I recently found myself going through the app Blinkist to inspire holiday gift book ideas and was reminded of how much I enjoyed this one. While going through the summary, it referenced a study on the benefits of juggling for the brain. This triggered an idea. Rather than gift the book, I decided to give each of my four children and myself juggling balls and a juggling book. I attached to the gift a non-fungible token (NFT)-inspired utility function of play-to-earn, which is driving the fast-growing blockchain gaming world. If my children could send me digital proof in the form of a video of them juggling for one minute, they would receive a monetary prize. After two long years of too much time being unexpectedly stuck in the house, I wanted to give the gift of learning a new skill and with it, some neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change and reorganize itself. Learning something new changes the brain just like doing an exercise you have never done engages new muscles. If you are interested in starting a learning journey on the power of neuroplasticity and the benefits it has for your brain and overall life, start with the Ted Talk by Jill Bolte Taylor. I had the privilege of meeting Jill in Hong Kong about a decade ago, which ignited my neuroplasticity rabbit hole learning journey.
As we exit another year dominated by Covid, we all hope to return to a more normal 2022. I think the one thing I will guarantee is that by the end of 2022, we will all be forced to learn more about a growing world that has its own language. Before we go further on that thought, normally in December and January, all the talk in the financial markets is on an outlook for the coming year. However, given the uncertainty of the last two years, it seems pointless to predict next year. But here is my quick macro forecast for 2022: I expect stocks to be up again, although less than the last two years with longer periods of corrections throughout the year.... read more.
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