Blog #1: Who I Am and Why I’m Here

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What’s up guys. I’m Peter. Welcome to my website. I’m not sure how you got here exactly, but it looks like you’ve stumbled upon blog post numero uno.

I suppose I should start out by giving you a brief, one-paragraph introduction of myself. But no more than that — I’m really not that interesting.

So my name is Peter Davig. I am a 23-year-old currently based in Minnesota — the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” This is also where I was raised, and spent most of my childhood playing basketball, baseball, NBA 2K, Call of Duty, and not really having to worry about a whole lot. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in May of 2019 with a BBA in Finance while minoring in Spanish. Right after graduating, I was lucky enough to land a contracted finance position with 3M. I spent about a year with the multinational corporation, saved up a large percentage of my income, and find myself unemployed in the present moment whilst writing to you all from the comfort of my dining room in the midst of a global pandemic.

Big props to you if you made it through that dry intro. You can rest assured that we’ll keep things a bit more interesting and forward-thinking from here on out.

So why did I decide to build my own website you ask?

Too many reasons to be frank. Here’s a list that I’ve compiled from the top of my head (I’ll expound on them another time):

To get better at writing in a non-academic way.

Let’s be honest: if you’ve made it this far into the blog entry, it’s probably because you either know me quite well or pity me for one reason or another. After all, my intro has already lulled you half to sleep AND I’ve used dumb words like ‘whilst,’ and ‘expound’. But I’m no longer in college, and I’m no longer writing to get a good grade from a professor. It’s time to actually resonate, vibe, and build some s**t with like-minded people.

To bolster and share my understanding of books, ideas, and concepts via writing.

In my opinion, writing is one of the most effective ways to further your understanding on a topic and increase the clarity and cohesion of your thoughts. Should you have any vulnerabilities or gaps in knowledge, you’ll find out immediately via writing it down. Also, writing down what you’re learning in real-time also fast-tracks the process.

In here, I plan on writing about topics that I’m already pretty-well versed in. This includes (but is not limited to) markets, investments, and micro economics, health and longevity, languages, etc.

But more importantly I plan on writing about things that I’m currently learning about/experiencing or would like to learn more about some day in the future such as content marketing, branding, travel, random personal philosophy, eCommerce, localism, Austrian economics, Bitcoin, etc.

To establish my place on the internet.

Most people would tend to agree that the internet is not only where the present moment is, but it’s also where the future will inevitably be. So I’m simply trying to skate to where the puck will be.

Having a blog on Medium, Quora, or even your own Facebook page is nice and all, but you’re not in control of them. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about the way this world works, it is that ownership is key. Not only do you want to be in a savvy location where your audience can easily reach you, but you want to be your own landlord so that nobody has the power to evict you. To have your own website is to have complete control of your property.

Lastly, there’s nothing to lose here. The worst case scenario is that I get very little traffic to my website and my best ideas are kept in-house.

To create serendipity and grow a business.

It is no surprise to my family and close friends that I’ve spent my last couple of months reading tons of books and taking courses about digital marketing. However, if I *actually* want to get this thing off the ground I’m going to need to be able to prove some semblance of success.

I’ve proved thus far that I can build a website that’s optimized for desktop and mobile. And at the present moment I’m proving to you all that I can string together a few cohesive sentences at a time. But if I want to attract potential clients or business partners, I’m going to need to practice what I preach and seek out my own luck (i.e., inbound leads). Maybe, just maybe… someone will find me and want to collaborate.

To build something that can scale, and live a balanced life.

The way my brain was programmed, a salaried 9-to-5 job with repetitive tasks and lukewarm interactions were designed to slowly crush my soul. Now this is nothing against 9-to-5 jobs — they’re just not for me at this point in time. It’s just that I see so much opportunity in the realm of online business. Not only does the internet allow you be heard and seen by thousand of people at a time, but it allows you to do so at scale. This means that the more traction you gain, the easier it becomes to gain even more traction — without any extra time, energy, or money.

I like deep work, don’t get me wrong. I’m very goal-oriented, so half of me will always be a businessman first. But the other half is filled with curiosity and creativity. I don’t want to spend half of my waking hours at work. There’s just too much out there to do and see. I would much rather “work to live” than “live to work” if you know what I mean. And the internet is a huge advocate of that kind of stuff.

Also, it’s worth noting that I’m a procrastinator by nature. In theory, I should have built this website many many months ago.

This is a good thing for you, though, because I’ll never submit a blog entry just because it’s another Tuesday.

You see, procrastination is one of those innate tools we all have inside of us and it helps us prioritize, and more importantly, tells us what we *really* care about. So every time I write on here, just know that it’s coming from a genuine place.

So let’s get to it, shall we?

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